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Parents organized town meetings and protests, and wrote in to telephone companies demanding the charges be reversed.

One Chicago reverend compared party lines to crack, PCP, television, and VCRs.

Marketers knew it, and advertised party lines during after school television programs and in teen magazines.

Then parents saw the bills — their kids had charged hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars worth of calls in the space of weeks.“I wanted to kill her,” said Chicago parent Sharon Croll.

With “Donald Trump-like smugness,” Widawsky was convinced his venture would allow him to retire to a Caribbean island.

But that was 1989, when thousands of similar numbers flooded the market and teens were starting to lose interest. Around the same time, party lines hooked up to computer modems and people could type to each other as well as talk.

One party line hosted a wedding, where the bride, groom, and officiant were at different terminals in Manhattan.

Some chat lines attempted to appease parents by adding moderators who periodically reminded teens of the price per minute.“I got on at 1 in the morning, and I didn’t get off till 6 in the morning,” one girl said on Connections, according to the .“Your phone bills are going to be high,” warned another.“I don’t care,” she said. “Every guy on the line will say he drives a Porsche or some other exciting car.

“If there was no phone, I wouldn’t be living right now. There’s a lot of fantasy involved.”Fantasy is right.

Pacific Bell in California refunded .8 million in 1987 to customers for party line bill adjustments, according to .

Thereafter, it was on the parents, who could also pay to the 900 Service Corporation to block the numbers. ”“I’m five foot five, I have brown hair and blue eyes — no, brown eyes…”“Kids enjoy making up a new identity because on a phone you can be whoever you want to be,” Christopher Woods of the Friendship Network, a chat line company out of Los Angeles, told .

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