them to dial his name, R. Himber. Somehow, he managed to obtain an exchange for his telephone that begins with the letters, RH. The rest of the number is 4-6237, which you get when you dial i-m-b-e-r. Now, don't you all dial it just to see if this is true—take my word for it, it is!

This, of course, solved everybody's problem when it came to remembering Mr. Himber's telephone number (if they remembered his name) but unfortunately, we can't all have numbers like this. No, you'll just have to learn to remember phone numbers, and the telephone operators will love you for it.

Telephone numbers in New York and most major cities consist of an exchange name, an exchange number, and four trunk line numbers. i.e.—Columbus 5-6695. By making a ridiculous association of two or three words or items, you can memorize any telephone number; and by adding one thought to your association, you can remember to whom the phone number belongs.

Most telephones in use today are dial phones, so all that is necessary to remember is the first two letters of the exchange name; since that is all we have to dial. These two letters are all we will consider. Now then, the first thing you have to learn, is to form one word which will immediately help you recall both the first two letters of the exchange name and the exchange number. The word, of course, should be one that can be pictured easily. The number CO 5-6695 can serve as an example. How can we find one word to represent CO 5? Simple! The word must begin with the letters, "co," and the very next consonant sound in the word must be the sound that represents the exchange number according to our phonetic alphabet. In this case, it is the "1" sound, representing #5.

Any word that can be pictured will do, no matter which sounds follow the "1" sound; because those will be disre garded. The only things that matter in the word you choose are the first two letters and the next consonant sound. For example, the word, "column" would represent CO 5; the "mn" at the end of the word is disregarded. The words, collar, colt, color, cold or coliseum would also fit the system. If you can think of a word that can be pictured, that has no other letters after the consonant that represents the exchange number—use it. The word, "coal" is an example that fits this case.

Keep in mind that you don't have to use a word that has only the first two letters and the exchange number sound. The first word that comes to you is usually, although not always, the one to use. If the number you wish to memorize begins BEachview 8, you could use the word, "BEef" (BE 8). Here are a few more examples to make sure that you get the idea:—

REgent 2 — rent—Reynard (The Fox) ESplanade 7 — escape — escalator GRamercy 8 — grave — graph DElaware 9 — deep — deputy GOrdon 5 — sold — goal CLover 3 — clam — climb

I've given only two words for each exchange, but there are many others that would fit.

Do you see how simple it is? There's no reason why you shouldn't be able to find a word, immediately, to represent any exchange and exchange number. Let me remind you that the word you select has to have a meaning for you only. Probably, if I gave ten people an exchange and exchange number, they would each use a different word to help remember it. Although nouns are usually best, that doesn't mean that you have to use a noun. Some of you may find that a foreign word you know, is just right for a certain exchange and exchange number; if so, use it; it doesn't matter. What does matter is that it recalls the exchange for you. I could give you a list of all the exchange names used in New York City and the exchange numbers used with these names, and also give you a word that would represent each of them. I could do that, but I won't. I don't believe it would help you any. It's much better if you make up the words as soon as you find it necessary to do so, instead of memorizing a long list of them.

At the risk of being repetitious, I must say, again, that the picture created in your mind is something that I cannot help you with. One word may create an entirely different picture in your mind, than it would in mine. Actually, sometimes it is not even a word that I use; but a thought. I purposely used one in the above examples. For REgent 2, I gave "Reynard" as a word to help remember it. Now, Reynard creates a definite picture in my mind because Reynard the Fox was a favorite character of mine when I was a child. If you never read those wonderful stories, then Reynard would mean nothing to you. If I had used Reynard in my association, I would simply picture a fox. True memory would tell me that the telephone number began RE 2, and not FO 7 (fox). I'm telling you all this just to show you that even if you can't think of a word to fit a particular exchange name and number, you can always find something, even a nonsense phrase or word, to recall it for you later on. The same thing holds true, not only for phone numbers, but for anything that makes it necessary for you to make up a word for an association.

All right, now to go on with the rest of the telephone number. If you understand the idea of how to make up a word for the exchange name and number; the rest is easy. All you have to worry about now are the four trunk line numbers. Well, any four digit number can be broken into two of your peg words. If you simply associate the two, you'll remember the four digits. For the number 4298, you would associate rain (42) to puff (98); for 6317—chum (63) to tack (17); for 1935—tub to mule, and so on. You now have all the ingredients for remembering phone numbers, all that remains is to mix them. Let's use CO 5-6695 as an example. To remember this number simply associate coal (CO 5) to choo choo (66) to bell (95)! For the number AL 1-8734, you could use—altar to fog to mower; and for OX 2-4626—oxen to roach to notch.

Now, before showing you how to remember whose phone number you're remembering, let me point out that there is one fly in the ointment, so to speak, involved here. Were you to make a ridiculous picture in your mind of say, steam, rope and tomb, you would know that the exchange was ST 3 (steam) and that the trunk line numbers were 4913 (rope, tomb). But, would you remember whether it was 4913 or 1349? Therein lies the problem! You might be confused a week or so after memorizing a phone number, as to which peg word was first and which was last. Of course, if you use a telephone number that you memorize, then this is really a theoretical problem. Once you've used it a few times, you'll know which pair of digits comes first. As I've said many times before, the systems are wonderful aids to your true memory. Without the use of the system for remembering phone numbers, you probably wouldn't know any of the digits in the number.

However, for numbers that you do not intend to use right away, there are many methods of avoiding this confusion, some good and some, not so good. I'll give you three or four ways right now, and you can pick the one or two that you think is best.

The first idea is to make a link of the words, instead of one complete ridiculous picture. For example, for ST 3-4913 you could make one picture of a radiator (steam) lassoing

(rope) a tomb; whereas if you made a link you would associate steam to rope, and then rope to tomb. Since the link system makes you remember in sequence, you would know that you've memorized the number in its correct order.

Another idea, and one I use quite often, is to simply make one complete ridiculous picture, but to make the ridiculous picture itself in a logical sequence. Let me explain that for you. Actually I've done it in the example I just gave you. The picture of a radiator lassoing a tomb is quite ridiculous, but it is a good example of a logical sequence in an illogical picture. Having made the association in this way, you couldn't possibly think of tomb being first, or lasso (rope) being second—the words (which, of course, are transposed back to numbers when you want to dial the phone number) are pictured in the correct order to begin with. Let me give you another example of this, so you'll know just what I'm talking about. For the phone number DE 5-3196—the words, deal, mat and beach would suffice in aiding your memory. If you pictured yourself dealing mats on a beach (getting sand all over the mats and yourself) you've got a logical illogical association. The word mat definitely comes before the word beach, so you know that the number is 3196 and not 9631.

The above idea is the one I use most often, followed by this one:— I always try to find a word to fit more than two of the four digits of the trunk line numbers. For example— ST 3-4913—I might picture a radiator ripping the hem of a girl's dress. Steam—ripped—hem. Or, steam—repaid—me, etc. And, there will be some numbers wherein you can find a word to fit all four of the trunk line digits.

I believe that most of you will want to use one or more of these three methods. However, to give you a wider choice, here are one or two other ways of avoiding the possibility of mixing your numbers. You can always use your peg word for the first two digits of the four; and any word that is not a peg word, but does fit phonetically, for the second pair of digits. i.e.—the trunk line number to be memorized is 6491—use cherry for 64, but don't use bat in your association for 91—use any other word for 91, like beet, or boat. Now, after any length of time, when you want to remember this particular number, you would know that 64 is first because cherry is a peg word; beet or boat are not peg words, therefore 91 is the second pair of digits! For the number In 1-4084, you might associate indian—rose—fairy. Fairy is not a peg word, so 84 must be the last or second two digits.

I devised this last method quite recently and I find that it works like a charm. Its use definitely dismisses the possibility of exchanging the numbers. There are other thoughts on the subject, of course, such as picturing one of your items much larger than the other, etc., but I don't hold too much stock in them.

I have taken all this space to explain these ideas because the same thoughts hold true for remembering prices, addresses, time schedules, style numbers and anything that requires that you memorize four digit numbers. As far as telephone numbers are concerned—the worst that could happen if you exchanged the digits in the trunk line numbers, is that you would dial the wrong number the first time, but get your party the second time.

By the way, if a zero should be the first of the two digits, simply make up a word for the digits. For 05, use sail, cell or sale; for 07—sick, sock or sack, etc. If you run across two zeros in a row, you could use seas, sews or zoos.

Well, now you should know how to memorize any telephone number! In order to remember whose phone number it is, it is necessary to add only one word to your association. If the number belongs to someone with whom you deal, say, the tailor, butcher, grocer, doctor, or anyone that can be pictured, just put that person into your association. For example, the tailor's phone number is FA 4-8862. Just make an association of tailor—farm—fife—chain. If you're using my suggestion of not using a peg word for the last two digits, you could use chin instead of chain. You might picture the tailor (a man sewing) growing fifes on his farm, which he plays with his chin. If you like the link idea, simply link the four items.

Since a tailor, doctor, dentist, etc. can be pictured, all you have to do is get that picture into your association. If you want to remember names in conjunction with phone numbers, you must use the substitute word system as you learned in Chapter 16. Mr. Hayes' telephone number is OR 7-6573—you might picture a bale of hay (Hayes) playing an organ (Or 7) in jail (65) while it combs (73) its hair. If you are using the link idea—link hay to organ, organ to jail, jail to comb. If you like my last suggestion on how to

avoid mixing the trunk line numbers; change comb to coma, game or comma, etc.

Let's say that you wanted to remember that Mr. Silver-berg's phone number was JU 6-9950. You might "see" a picture of a shiny silver iceberg sitting in a courtroom as judge (JU 6) smoking a gigantic pipe that's covered with lace! This is a logical illogical sequence in one ridiculous picture. I'll use this same number to show how you would handle it using any of the methods for keeping the trunk line numbers straight.

Link method—associate ice-berg to judge, (the ice-berg is pounding his gavel) then judge to pipe, ("see" a gigantic pipe as a judge) and then pipe to lace, (picture yourself smoking a pipe filled with lace, or see a pipe making lace).

If you want to use less items in your association for this particular phone number, you could picture the ice-berg as a judge with a lot of pupils (9950)!

To use the last method, simply change lace, to any other word that would represent 50; like lass, lose, lies or lasso.

I have given you examples of memorizing phone numbers using the different ideas, because I feel that it is up to you to use the method that comes easiest to you. As with anything else in this book, I can only give you theoretical examples, your imagination must do the rest for you, and only you can decide which of certain methods are best for you.

I doubt if you would ever find it necessary to memorize a phone number that you didn't intend to use for any great length of time. The fact that you want to remember it means that you intend to use it. And, as I mentioned before, the association will recall it for you the first few times you have to dial it—after that you can forget your original association, or stop trying to remember it, anyway, because the phone number will probably be permanently etched in your memory.

As usual, the explanation takes much longer than the deed itself. It is but the work of a few moments to memorize a telephone number. Unless you are using it as a memory stunt, and want to do it quickly, you would ordinarily have plenty of time to find the proper words and make your associations. The fact that you must think of the number in order to find these words and make the association helps to set it into your mind in the first place. If all I accomplish with this book, is to make you think of, or concentrate on, anything you wish to remember—then I will feel that I've accomplished quite a bit, because you will certainly have improved your memory.

You can check your improved memory for phone numbers right now by trying test #6 in Chapter #3 again, and comparing the scores.

The Importance of Memory

A business man traveling in the mid-west was told about an Indian, living in the vicinity, who had a most fantastic memory. Having just completed a memory course, and priding himself on his own newly acquired achievements, he decided to visit this Indian to see whose memory was better.

He introduced himself to the Indian and proceeded to test him. The memory expert answered every question quickly and accurately. His mind was a storehouse of knowledge, containing such information as the populations of nearly all American cities, important dates, scientific theories, etc. The business man couldn't stump him. Finally, he decided to try one last question. "What did you have for breakfast on the morning of April 5th, 1931?"

The Indian didn't hesitate for even a second, as he answered, "eggs!"

The business man took his leave, completely stunned by this prodigious memory. When he arrived home, he told all his friends about it, only to have them scoff and say that eggs were usually eaten at breakfast, and that anyone could have answered that.

As the years passed, the man began to believe this, until one day he found himself back in the mid-west on a sales trip. One afternoon he happened to come upon the same Indian he had met here years ago. Wanting to show that his memory for faces was pretty good, he raised his hand in the traditional Indian greeting, and said, "How."

The Indian thought for just a moment, and then answered, "SCRAMBLED!"

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