Taking Care of Business: Vintage phone booth rings up memories

By Kristen Tribe | Published Saturday, October 6, 2018
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Can You Hear Me Now

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? – Electrician Mike Goforth picks up the receiver while installing the phone booth at the corner of Trinity and Main streets in Decatur. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

“Operator, operator, could you be so kind
As to reconnect this number, I just spent my last dime
She’s got my love on hold and my heart is on the line.”

I’ve been singing this Eddy Raven tune and a playlist of other phone call songs in my head ever since a vintage phone booth was delivered to downtown Decatur earlier this week.

The booth is the latest art installation by developer Mark Moran, and its at the corner of Main and Trinity streets. Set-up was to be complete by Saturday.

Although it’s not a working phone, the booth will be open for people to go inside, and the phone itself has a plate at the bottom advertising Decatur Town Square with a quirky phone call quote or saying.

Moran said the booth will also have a phone book of sheet music with songs about “calling.”

“I thought about a Decatur phone book, but then I thought, ‘that’s so normal,'” he said. “That’s when it popped into my head.”

The interior of the booth will be lit up at night.

Read more about the phone booth and Moran’s inspiration in a future edition of the Messenger.


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A Chick-fil-A sandwich magically appeared on my kitchen island this week.

Somebody loves me.

Days without Chick-fil-A in Wise County: 19

Kristen Tribe is assistant publisher of the Wise County Messenger. If you have a tip for TCB, call 940-627-5987 or email

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