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Charlie at Pasty Central (Chopper) on Tuesday, July 1, 2008 - 07:19 am:

The days of the easy Early Bird are over.

Beginning this month, What'sUP will have a question each morning about "Day in History". The first correct answer will receive this distinguished award.

Today's ??: What year did the post office introduce Zip Codes?

By Smfwlk (Trollperson) on Tuesday, July 1, 2008 - 07:23 am:

First Post

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Tuesday, July 1, 2008 - 07:27 am:

That Mackinac Bridge picture was great. Should have had a seagull in it though.

No idea when they introduced the zip code.

Listen to Day in History for the answer.

By Cindy Pihlaja Russell (Gone2long) on Tuesday, July 1, 2008 - 08:08 am:


By Capt. Paul (Eclogite) on Tuesday, July 1, 2008 - 08:09 am:

Good Morning!!

Let's make it more interesting and NOT use the "day in history" for the question. I mean if the days of the "easy" Early Bird are truely over, shouldn't we make it a bit more challenging than that??? ;-)

By FJL (Langoman) on Tuesday, July 1, 2008 - 08:57 am:

I don't think 1943 was mentioned in "day in history."

By Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Tuesday, July 1, 2008 - 09:12 am:

My crummy webtv does not bring in Day in History. But having the tv screen as it's screen is nice.

By kay Moore (Mskatie) on Tuesday, July 1, 2008 - 09:39 am:

Good grief, Charlie, now I suppose you'll be throwing a pop quiz at us next? :o>) Just joshing!

By Brooke (Lovethekeweenaw) on Tuesday, July 1, 2008 - 11:11 am:

I look too quick at work and have dial-up at home cause my computer is too old and slow to bother with faster so I don't even try to look. I really would like to too since I would learn something.

By Kenty (Dashamo) on Tuesday, July 1, 2008 - 11:20 am:

O.K. Charlie, here's one for you. What does the "ZIP" in Zip Code stand for?

By Mr. Bill (Mrbill) on Tuesday, July 1, 2008 - 11:42 am:

More USPO trivia:

Does anyone out there "remember" the year that the first adhesive coated stamp was offered; not the peel and stick, but the old fashioned lick 'n stick.

By Capt. Paul (Eclogite) on Tuesday, July 1, 2008 - 12:21 pm:

Z.I.P. = Zone Improvement Plan

Depends Mr. Bill: The first "official" stamp in the world was the Penny Black stamp of the UK, which was issued May 1, 1840. In 1845, some US Portmasters began issuing their own postage stamps. But it wasn't until 1847 that the US officially began issuing stamps. The first stamps were in 5 and 10 cent denominations and featured portraits of Ben Franklin and George Washington.

Tecnically, Cindy is correct. The USPS first introduced zip codes in 1943 for large cities only, such as Minneapolis and Detroit. On July 1, 1963, the USPS announced that zip codes would be used across the entire country. In 1983, the USPS introduced the ZIP+4 format to speed up deliveries and ensure mail gets to where it has to go......

By Michael Du Long (Mikie) on Tuesday, July 1, 2008 - 01:15 pm:

The most important event in 1943 for me was being born. Doc Burke came to our house to assist. My brother was worried about the dog being sick and asked the doc to check out the dog first. No one ever told me if he did or not. I have two computers in the office. Mine without sound and Precious's with sound. I guess I will have to put speakers on mine in order to get the early bird. I have a good Zip for me, since I am into history, 48072-1812, love the last four. The Ozanich boys were over the other day and were watching tv with Precious. Joseph [three] was sitting with Precious [not that brave to insert her age] on my chair. Now I am territorial about my chair. I came into the room and said " why are you sitting in my chair?" Joe said " oh oh, come on Juju [boys name for my wife] we better go." Even Jimmie the fat white cat is not allowed in my chair. I guess you had to be there to see the humor in it. Nothing like grandkids to make you think young.

By Kenty (Dashamo) on Tuesday, July 1, 2008 - 01:17 pm:

Way to go Capt. Paul!! Isnt' Google great!!! LOL I remember when ZIP codes went into effect. I was living in Mohawk then and we went from Zone 5 to 49950.

By eugenia r. thompson (Ert) on Tuesday, July 1, 2008 - 02:20 pm:

This is off the subject but I have to say that it is the same temperature here in Athens GA that it is in Houghton/Hancock!!! 83F at 2:00 PM on the first day of July, no less! I love it!

By Mr. Bill (Mrbill) on Tuesday, July 1, 2008 - 02:23 pm:

The key word here was "remember";no one could.

The first adhesive backed stamp was issued today, July 1st. 1847, according to one "this day in history" on-line reference.

By Theresa R. Brunk (Trb0013) on Tuesday, July 1, 2008 - 02:47 pm:

Well, if I ever get any grandkids....... I have now got the name I want them to call me 'Juju'

I love it. Now if I could get my two children to just say 'YES' and get married and start a family!! Neither one has ever been married, and I see my branch of the tree fading.

By Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Tuesday, July 1, 2008 - 02:57 pm:

Speaking of names kids call their Grandparents, our Grandson calls my hubby, Papa, which is a pretty common one, but neat too. I love what he calls me though, it's Bramma!
At the Kindergarten open house, his family tree had Bramma printed on it in big Kindergarten printing and the teacher had corrected his spelling to Grandma. I found the teacher and explained why the "Bramma" spelling, since that's what he calls me, we taught him to spell it that way. She chuckled and said she'd never heard that one before and thought it was great too. Guess we should teach him the correct spelling for Grandma too, but I hope he never stops calling me BRAMMA!! :-)

By Michael Du Long (Mikie) on Tuesday, July 1, 2008 - 03:11 pm:

When my grandson Tim Ozanich was little he would call me Bill. Never found out why. Then he called me Pa. Now he is a big boy, five, and he calls me grandpa. His brother Joseph still calls me Pa though. Theresa, I can lend you some of my grandkids. My kids are always having me babysit since I have retired. By the way Precious name is really Judy, hence the Juju name. She is a woman of many names. Most of which Charlie wont let me put on this site. Just kidding of course.

By s. dearing (Geebeed) on Tuesday, July 1, 2008 - 03:24 pm:

My grandaughters, ages 3 and 5 1/2 years, call me "honey."

By Brooke (Lovethekeweenaw) on Tuesday, July 1, 2008 - 03:33 pm:

My cousins have always called my Grandma "Abby" Since her name is Lillian the rest of us are confused, but they are between ages 38 and 42 and still call her that so its stuck.

By kay Moore (Mskatie) on Tuesday, July 1, 2008 - 04:52 pm:

Knew a nice woman whose first grandson called her Grandma Sweethart for many years, maybe still does for all I know. :)

By Cindy Pihlaja Russell (Gone2long) on Tuesday, July 1, 2008 - 06:13 pm:

We called my grandpa on my dad's side Farri (or how ever you spell it). I believe it means Old Man in Finnish???

By FRNash/PHX, AZ (Frnash) on Tuesday, July 1, 2008 - 06:44 pm:

Cindy Pihlaja Russell (Gone2long):
"Farri … I believe it means Old Man in Finnish???"

Well that's very close to Finnish for grandfather!

vaari (or isoisä) = grandfather

Although I'm more accustomed to isoisä myself. (isä = father, iso = tall, voluminous, gross, large, big, strapping, great)

By Cindy Pihlaja Russell (Gone2long) on Tuesday, July 1, 2008 - 07:03 pm:

I was very close then. I almost spelled it Faari, but then deleted it. I never learned to spell it, just said it. I guess I just thought it meant "The Old Man" because that's what my parents called him, in a nice way.

By F.F. (Flipflop) on Tuesday, July 1, 2008 - 10:14 pm:

The Early Bird was never easy.

Ya always kept us guessing.
5:21 am one day,
then 4:51 am
or ??
and then a day like today 7:19 am

Will there still be a nite owl ?

Sean Finnegan (Sean) on Tuesday, July 1, 2008 - 11:30 pm:

If anyone still cares, ZIP stands for 'Zone Improvement Plan'.

By Paul Oesterle (Paulwebbtroll) on Tuesday, July 1, 2008 - 11:51 pm:

Happy B'Day Paula Weed!!!!!! From your dad.

By P.Weed (Pweed) on Wednesday, July 2, 2008 - 06:24 am:

Thanks Dad!!! Love You!!!

By Theresa R. Brunk (Trb0013) on Wednesday, July 2, 2008 - 09:59 am:

When my only son was 2 I asked my mother in law what did she want my son to call her cause I used to call my maternal grandmother, GranMa... She replied " I don't really care as long as he doesn't call me, Mert."
Well, you guessed it, She is grandma Mert to this day and she loves it. :) Seems her Father would say" Mert, get me a glass of water, Mert, close the screen door.... and so on. Her real name is Anita, and she never understood why he called her that. lol well I still like Juju :)

By Michael Du Long (Mikie) on Wednesday, July 2, 2008 - 10:45 am:

Theresa my sister would always tell the kids " while you are up get me a beer." We tell her that will be on her gravestone. My kids adore her and she is the favorite aunt. Even to the grandkids. I think it is great when kids like being around their elders. They learn from them and hopefully will copy them. Bright blue sky here in Berkley. Pancakes for breakfast. Hope everyone has a nice day.

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