CATHERINE'S ROYAL 500H STORY

I would like to share with you how I got my ivory one 40+ years ago for my birthday.

I saw the ad for it in a magazine and fell in love with it when I was a little girl. I asked my father if I could have it for my birthday. He didn't answer one way or the other. So I thought, what can I do to get this radio?

I came up with a plan that I felt would really get his attention. I decided to campaign for it. I took sheets of 8 1/2 x 11 paper and wrote TRANSISTOR RADIO, spelled it out one letter at a time on each sheet of paper, taped the sheets of paper together vertically, and draped them down the side of the stairs going to the second floor of our home. I took index cards, wrote TRANSISTOR RADIO on them, and hung them from the sconces in the foyer downstairs. I neatly folded the magazine ad and pinned it to my father's pillow.

I went to bed that night before he got home but stayed awake until he arrived. I heard him walking up the stairs, laughing and then when he reached his room, he really lost it. I thought to myself, "I got it!" And I did! I was the happiest girl on Long Island. Up until 2002, that radio was in our home in NY; I moved here to LA in 2002, and last year I rediscovered it among my belongings, packed away. I immediately put batteries in it and that day, received one station. The next day, I got a few more stations. By the third day, I had the full selection of stations available, loud and clear, and I have been using it ever since, smiling through and through, remembering that story with such joy.

Catherine



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