26th September 1967: A man making a call in a blown over telephone box. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

In this day and age, it’s easier to find Waldo than it would be to find a working real payphone. It seems technology and the times have made the payphone obsolete.

When you find one, you tend to have a double take and memories flood the mind. There was always one at the local roller rink when you had to call the folks to pick you up. It seemed every 7-11 store had one out front. My band played in one of my favorite bars, Augies, and it had one in the bathroom right next to the sink. I remember folklore of strange stories of some substance on the receiver and the touch tones that would possibly kill you. The cleanliness of the payphone was always in question- wiping it down or holding the receiver with a tissue so you wouldn’t catch anything. 

There was always a payphone at school by the front door. Airports had rows and rows at one time. Everyone had that one friend who had one in their home. And not that you ever wondered, there are still payphones in prisons. How many are left?

Check out this website to get an accurate number – well, as close as it can be, anyway – of remaining phone booths in Michigan can check this website. It won’t be long untill pay phones will be but a memory. It seems like yesterday, the effort of finding enough change or the operator interrupting and asking for more money.

Michigan Payphone Locator

A majority of payphone locations listed on The Payphone Project no longer exist. This collection of payphone numbers and locations is kept online for historical purposes. You might be surprised by how often I field requests or get web traffic from people who, for one reason or another, need to confirm whether or not a payphone once existed or did not exist at a certain place.

10 Things You Might Not Know About Screamin' Scott

How well do you know me? Check out the facts below and get to know your favorite nighttime personality better!

  • I'm Left-Handed - Always have been. Left is right!

    Baring Hands

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  • I wear a Size 12 Wide Shoe - Yes, I have small skateboards for feet.


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  • I'm 6 feet tall! - But I think I'm shrinking.

    Measuring Rulers

  • I was born with extra sets of teeth - As a child, they took an X-ray to find I had an extra set of teeth! I've had some surgery over the years, but they have come in handy after playing hockey as a kid!

    Dentists Offering NHS Treatment Continue To Dwindle

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  • I do not sing in the shower well - I've tried, and the echo doesn't help make me any better.

    Wind And Rain Hit The UK

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  • I was married on my birthday by Arthur Penhallow - I also got married on my birthday so I would never forget the anniversary. And Arthur did a fantastic job!


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  • I have an extensive collection of rubber ducks - Yep.


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  • I have no tattoos - Yet!


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  • I once held the national record for Girl Scout Cookie eating - This comes from my time in radio in Indiana. They had an eating contest in a town outside of Ft. Wayne, and I ate 32 cookies in one minute!

    Girl Scouts Sell Cookies

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  • I have an award-winning chili recipe! - The award came at a contest at work. One year, thought I would enter the company cook off. Some say it's the best they ever tasted. It's fun to make and the secret ingredient makes it the best!

    Chili Feast

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Born in Mt Clemens, Screamin has been rockin' the Riff airwaves for 25 years. When he's not out rockin' the streets, you can find him in his rock room, where he collects jukeboxes and classic pinball machines. Screamin also has his very own Rock cover band called " Chit" playing all over the Metro Detroit Music scene