Crazy Answering Machine Message, unedited.2012 04 25 16 49 17





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Published on Apr 25, 2012

This is a 3:45 audio only message left on my father's answering machine some years back. I guarantee that it is 100% unedited and complete. I did delete his last name to avoid legal action. All the facts you need know are summarized below. Everything else on the tape will be as new to you as it was to us.

1) My father, Bill, sold used cars from his house in Canarsie, Brooklyn, where he had space for about 5 cars.

2) He sold a car to a man named Oscar B*****, who gave a deposit and then disappeared without a trace. Several months later, Oscar takes cab service to my father's house and finds that he is not home. When Oscar returns home, he calls my dad and leaves this message on the answering machine, trying to explain his absence.

3) Although the L Line of the NYC Transit system is about 7 or 8 blocks away, and Linden Boulevard is about 15 blocks away, this has nothing to do with anything.

4) Oscar never contacted us again. Whew!

One day, my dad called up and told me he had the strangest message on his answering machine. He then played it for me. I told my dad to take the cassette out of the machine, and I would drive there in 30 min with a new cassette for him. I told him I had to have that tape. I can only hope you'll agree. By the way, the photo is of Aeolian Hall, located on 42nd St near Fifth Ave. This was the auditorium that had the world premiere of Rhapsody In Blue, with GG himself at the keys. Nowadays, the building housing this historic auditorium is the State University of NY College of Optometry. The actual auditorium you are seeing here lasted from 1911 to 1928, whereupon The Aeolian Company moved to even grander headquarters on the corner of Fifth Ave and 54th St. All subsequent owners of the building did not need a Concert Auditorium, so this space was divided up into rooms, which is how it is today. I would like to see Aeolian Hall rebuilt by the 100th Anniversity of Rhapsody In Blue. Write to Governor Cuomo. Any suggestions on who else I should contact?

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