The speaker is a 35-year-old White woman with a grade school education from Long Bottom, Ohio; she was recorded in 1968.
|Inf: And they had this contest. They gave a four-line clue every day. And the one with the earliest postmark, you had to send in a postcard, letters wasn???t accepted. And uh, you sent in the title of the song which you thought it was. And on the third clue, the contest started on Friday, and s-, this day, on Friday, I wasn???t at home. I went to town, Sue and me, and Sue entered a hula-hoop contest, in which they was giving away a stereo phonograph. And whoever twirled a hula-hoop the longest got the stereo. And uh, she twirled it four hours. And I was a nervous wreck. I was standing on the sidelines and she hadn???t eaten, ???cause she couldn???t eat, you know, and twirl a hula-hoop. So I went up, over to her and I said uh, ???Sue, don???t you think you should try to drink something???? And this one lady, she told, told her that she should get a, a glass of hot chocolate, or you know, something that she could sip through a straw. So the chocolate was hot, and when the first sip, the hula-hoop dropped [FW: Oh, no]. And she was so disappointed. She didn???t even come in a runner-up [FW: Oh].
And uh, so this was the day that the first clue to the record pla-, you know, to this contest, was given. So on Saturday, they gave the first and second clue. And I said on Saturday, ???Mom, that sounds like that record of Frank Sinatra???s.??? It-, they didn???t play the rec-, recording, they just gave clues, you see. It was a group. And there was one of the group that was very famous. But th-, the clues rhymed. I have ???em at home. And uh, so on Sunday I said, ???You know, I???m positive that???s that Sinatra record.??? She said, ???Well, why don???t you send it in???? I said, ???What???s, the contest???s been going three days now.???
So Monday???there???s no mail on Sunday???I couldn???t go to the post office. So Monday I send out the postcard. Tuesday and Wednesday I???m not sure. There???s another record I think maybe is it. So I send in two more postcards. But the first card that I sent was the right one, had the earliest postmark. And eleven days later, they announced that I won. I didn???t have a phone number, but they would like for me to get in contact with ???em. So I go to a friend???s house and call them. They want me to come down the following day and pick up the prizes, and they took pictures [FW: Oh?]. And they give me a fifteen-minute interview.
FW: [Laughter] And that was when you heard yourself.
Inf: Yeah, the following day [FW: Oh]. It was, it was really exciting.