I knew a lot of the local (Chattanooga, TN) hams because my family ran a wholesale radio parts business, and would do a lot of SWLing, always saying that I could never learn that 13 WPM required for the General class license. When I heard about the FCC going to establish the Novice class with 5 WPM code, I obtained an album of code records (33 1/3 RPM, I think). That was January or February. By the time July came around, I was doing about 10 WPM so the 5 WPM was a breeze. Copy a letter, wait and wait for the next one.
Upgraded to General in December of 1951 and to Advanced in December of 1952. Stayed as W4TDZ until sometime after 1975, when a friend of mine came through town and had obtained a 1 x 2 call. I figured if he could do that, so could I. About 2 years later I passed the code test (just couldn't get my speed up any faster). Had never seen a study guide for the Extra written, but passed it as I was working as an Electronic Technician at the time. If it hadn't have been for multi choice questions, I wouldn't have passed the code test, but that is another story.
Sorry that I got carried away. All I really wanted to do was to tell you about George. Lots of Novices have come and gone since the beginning.
73, God bless,
Charlie Curle, AD4F