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Justice Elena Kagan Adds to the Tommy Tutone Legend
Constitution Daily ^ | Scott Bomboy

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 band’s 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 court’s 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 (You’ve seen the type: “How am I driving? 213–867–5309”),” 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 won’t 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 it’s 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.

“It’s 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 Tutone’s 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.)


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 80s; scotus
Tommy Tutone - 867-5309/Jenny

a href="http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/supreme-court-kagan-invokes-tommy-tutone-hit-867-175636027.html">Supreme Court’s Kagan invokes Tommy Tutone hit ’867-5309/Jenny’(This version of the story has a quote from the band's management.

1 posted on 06/13/2013 11:33:25 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
Supreme Court’s Kagan invokes Tommy Tutone hit ’867-5309/Jenny’(This version of the story has a quote from the band's management.
2 posted on 06/13/2013 11:34:20 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Vendome

Ping


3 posted on 06/13/2013 11:34:34 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Just an FYI. If you are ever in a grocery store, and they have a customer rewards program that offers lower prices for members, they usually allow you to enter your phone number, use the local area code and “Jenny’s number”, and you will most likely get the discount.


4 posted on 06/13/2013 11:37:37 AM PDT by MMaschin
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To: MMaschin

Would be fun to pick a day and time and have everyone call it repeatedly to jag the NSA again.


5 posted on 06/13/2013 11:46:46 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: nickcarraway

Lots of top 40 songs about phones back in the 1970’s. You gotta be getting up there to remember “Echo Valley 2-6809”, maybe not so old to remember “Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You” (which is hands down the coolest video from the 1970’s on youtube). The touch tones in that one reached CBS Records as a vengeful practical joke.


6 posted on 06/13/2013 11:50:03 AM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: nickcarraway

Never would have thought Fred Flintstone would liked this kind of music.


7 posted on 06/13/2013 11:50:34 AM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: PghBaldy

He would be more of a fan of the Stones, of course.


8 posted on 06/13/2013 11:52:03 AM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: jiggyboy
Wilson Pickett - 634-5789

Also, Squeeze had one in the late 80s.

9 posted on 06/13/2013 12:00:49 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

That leading < is just so precious :)


10 posted on 06/13/2013 12:21:04 PM PDT by upchuck (To the faceless, jack-booted government bureaucrat who just scanned this post: SCREW YOU!)
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To: jiggyboy
Lots of top 40 songs about phones back in the 1970’s.

Don't forget "Telephone Man" (crude novelty record), "Ricky Don't Lose That Number", and especially the great Jim Croce's "Operator".

Going back, let's not forget "PEnnsylvania6-5000", "Don't Hang Up" and Chuck Berry's "Memphis".
11 posted on 06/13/2013 12:25:59 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There's no salvation in politics.)
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To: jiggyboy

“If the phone don’t ring you know its me” ~ The Bluesbusters


12 posted on 06/13/2013 12:26:54 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: nickcarraway
I don't know why but the mention of Kagan, Tommy Tutone and the thought of Obama made me think of The Rodeo Song
13 posted on 06/13/2013 12:52:10 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (This space for rent)
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To: Dr. Sivana

ELO’s ‘Telephone Line”


14 posted on 06/13/2013 12:53:48 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: MMaschin

That’s brilliant ! I’m gonna try it.


15 posted on 06/13/2013 1:37:43 PM PDT by rhoda_penmark
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To: Dr. Sivana

“Ricky Don’t Lose That Number” isn’t about a phone number but the illegal kind one smokes.


16 posted on 06/13/2013 1:41:58 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: nickcarraway

Here in Indianapolis that number is a plumber.
They advertise like crazy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gROmUxHmGQQ


17 posted on 06/13/2013 1:45:57 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: Dr. Sivana

Also “You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)” by The Beatles.

But that one didn’t have an actual phone number in it.


18 posted on 06/13/2013 1:50:58 PM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll defend your rights?)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult; Dr. Sivana

I don’t think that’s true, if you listen to the whole song. The chorus even says, “You don’t want to call nobody else.”


19 posted on 06/13/2013 1:55:16 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: dfwgator

Blondie - “Call Me”


20 posted on 06/13/2013 1:58:06 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: nickcarraway

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.


21 posted on 06/13/2013 8:49:40 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: nickcarraway

Hoh Lee Chit.

I guess this came up three four years ago and I commented on Jennifer then:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2292614/posts?page=300#300


22 posted on 06/13/2013 8:54:25 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: jiggyboy
“Switchboard Susan” by Nick Lowe. Lotsa great telephone puns/double entendres!
23 posted on 06/14/2013 2:55:24 AM PDT by GodBlessRonaldReagan (Surf music is the naked truth)
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To: nickcarraway

6060-842


24 posted on 06/14/2013 3:06:50 AM PDT by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
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