Archive for September 5th, 2008

Information, Please

September 5, 2008

I love this story! It was first published in the June, 1966 issue of Reader’s Digest. The writer, Paul Villard, has a deep appreciation for the value and power of relationships and how much we can mean to one another. I hope you enjoy it.


When I was quite young, my father had one of the first telephones in our neighborhood. I remember well the polished old case fastened to the wall. The shiny receiver hung on the side of the box. I was too little to reach the telephone, but used to listen with fascination when my mother used to talk to it.

Then I discovered that somewhere inside the wonderful device lived an amazing person—her name was “Information Please” and there was nothing she did not know. “Information Please” could supply anybody’s number and the correct time.

My first personal experience with this genie-in-the-bottle came one day while my mother was visiting a neighbor. Amusing myself at the tool bench in the basement, I whacked my finger with a hammer.