Frank Osborne was the mayor of Alameda, California. In 1951 he was the recipient of the first long-distance phone call to use the direct distance dialing telephone facility, dialed by Mayor M. Leslie Denning of Englewood, New Jersey.
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- 1951: First Direct-Dial Transcontinental Telephone Call, AT&T. Accessed June 8, 2007. "November 10, 1951: Mayor M. Leslie Downing of Englewood, N.J., picked up a telephone and dialed 10 digits. Eighteen seconds later, he reached Mayor Frank Osborne in Alameda, Calif. The mayors made history as they chatted in the first customer-dialed long-distance call, one that introduced area codes."