Posted on 12/14/2018 at 09:04 AM by Blog Committee
National Ding-a-Ling Day
Text messaging has become one of the most popular ways to communicate. Talking on the phone won’t be going extinct anytime soon, but it seems most people prefer to communicate through text messages. It is odd to think that we primarily use our phones to type a text rather than make a phone call?
Receiving a call from someone who wants to talk seems so personal these days. It is heartening to think the person who called to catch up has set time aside just for you. Can you even remember the last time you called someone just to chat? If it’s been a long time, then maybe you should consider participating in National Ding-a-Ling Day!
According to the National Day Calendar, National Ding-a-Ling Day is a day for ding-a-lings (aka people) to call someone that you haven’t heard from or talked to in a while. This day gives you the perfect opportunity to call someone you’d like to get back in contact with.
The day was originally started in 1972 by Frankly Hyle. He was talking with a group of friends about how people in Chicago need to be nicer to one another. This led to the idea of posting an ad in the Chase’s Calendar of Events with his PO Box. He charged member’s $1 to join the National Ding-A-Ling club, and the response was amazing. Hyle had 871 members in his original group that first year. The members of the group would then call family and friends they haven’t heard from on December 12th every year. But why be constrained to just one day a year? Pick up the phone this holiday season and make a phone call to someone you miss.
Written by Kailey Kaestner