The NYT article below is on a dying practice: the use of pay phones, especially in NYC. Baldman was one of the last holdouts in getting a cell phone. Baldman was teased by his friends without mercy for his use of pay phones. Because everyone had a cell phone, it was alleged that every time Baldman used a pay phone, the operator would know it was Baldman on the line, and would ask him how his family was doing.
Baldman finally broke down a couple of years ago and joined the 21st Century.
Bur he misses those operators.
Listening In on a Pay Phone in Queens