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Friday, December 14, 2012

December 14th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

The Legend Of Frank Howard’s Orange Phone

(Photo Uploaded By Alan Cutts)

Today’s photo is from 1962 and shows Frank Howard on his orange phone.

Lou Sahadi wrote the below story about the legend of Howard’s orange phone:


Howard likes to tell of the time he visited Bear Bryant in his office. He saw a red phone and asked Bryant what it was for.   Bryant told him it was direct line to God.

"You mean I can call God?" asked Howard.

"Sure can," answered Bear Bryant.

"How much would it cost?" asked Howard. "Only about $20," replied Bryant.

The next year Bear Bryant returned the visit to Howard at Clemson. He spotted an orange phone on Howard's desk.

"What's that for?" inquired Bryant. "That's a special phone to God," remarked Howard.

"How much would it cost to call from here?" asked Bryant.

"Doesn't cost a thing," exclaimed Howard.  "Around here that's a local call."

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