San Francisco Yellow Pages, 1986: In the Yellow Pages that year you’d find listed “Third Ear Telepathic Answering Service” at 221-3333. If you called it you might hear this —
“Hello and thank you for calling Third Ear Telepathic Answering Service, the world’s favorite telepathic answering service. All your friends and neighbors use it; and so do you!
“I am your Host and Operator Ruru the Guru, speaking to you direct from the Himalaya Hideaway.
“You know, the other day, I delivered a telepathic message to a guy in a big business meeting at the Bank of America building downtown …
“He was making a fancy presentation but I was moving at the speed of light and I knew it wouldn’t take long.
“So I just whispered in his mind:
“Your mama wants you to pick up a loaf of french bread at the Mom & Pop.
“Next thing I know, he’s yelling at me-
“Damn it, Ruru,” (he yelled), “I never know if this is a real telepathic message, or just a … faligmant of my noosination!”
“And boy! Didn’t those business bigwigs in that meeting stare!
“Let me just clarify that for a moment.
“You know when your imagination runs away from you?
“Well, that is a a run-away imagination.
“But when you hear that little ding-a-ling in the back of your mind … that’s us with your latest messages!”