Skip to comments.Justice Elena Kagan Adds to the Tommy Tutone Legend
Posted on 06/13/2013 11:33:25 AM PDT by nickcarraway
Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan channeled 1980s MTV favorite Tommy Tutone in her majority decision on Thursday in a case about trucking. And if someone has the number she mentioned, it would be latest chapter of the Tutone legend.
The bands big hit was the video staple, the 1982 hit 867-5309/Jenny. In the second page of her opinion in the case of American Trucking Association v. City of Los Angeles, Kagan dropped the phone number into the courts reasoning in the case.
Kagan was describing cargo transportation requirements in Los Angeles.
The two directly at issue here compel the company to (1) affix a placard on each truck with a phone number for reporting environmental or safety concerns (Youve seen the type: How am I driving? 2138675309), she said.
Our friends at SCOTUSblog quickly picked up on the Tutone reference on their live blog.
If someone actually owns that phone number (the area code is in the Los Angeles area), it wont be the first time someone calls it looking for Jenny.
The urban myth website Snopes has a detailed history of people who inherited the 867-5309 phone number in different exchanges, and its not a pretty picture. Since the 1980s, people who were assigned the number in their area codes had more than a few calls and phone messages.
Back in 1982, People magazine profiled the people who were met with a new wave of phone calls when fans started dialing up their number.
Its no coincidence 867-5309 is no longer a working number in 97 of the 106 area code zones in the U.S. Though no lawsuits have come to court because of Tommy Tutones 867-5309/Jenny, many who once had that number seem to have at least considered dialing M for murder, the magazine said.
Other people have turned the annoyance of receiving the Tutone phone number into a profit-making-venture. Variations of the phone number have surfaced for sale on eBay, in connection with businesses linked to the phone number.
And it was the subject of litigation between two plumbing companies.
Gem Plumbing and Benjamin Franklin Plumbing had both used the number in advertising campaigns, and the issue was subject to patent litigation. (Currently, if you call the number, it goes to Benjamin Franklin Plumbing.)
I actually went out with a girl named Jennifer, when I lived in Tulsa. Her day owned a bunch of neighborhood newspapers and amazingly their home number was 918-867-5309.
Met her at the skating rink and when she told me her number, after succumbing to my charm, I just laughed and skated off.
She caught up with me and started laughing. Freaking cute as hell.
She said try it, she wasn’t lying.
So I called the next day and her dad answered. I expected to get hung up on but, I asked for her by given name and he handed the phone over to her.
Met him and he laughed the second we met. Apparently after the song came out they were over run with phone calls and would have changed the number but, it wasn’t just their home it was one of their business lines and they couldn’t change it.
They just figured after a while it would die down.
He told me if I hadn’t called by her full name he would have just hung up.
Wish I could remember their last name.
I’m thinking Minton but, I not sure.
Hoh Lee Chit.
I guess this came up three four years ago and I commented on Jennifer then: