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    Cyburbian Plus
    Jun 2003

    USA Today Article: Town Curfew Sirens


    It's a sound that stopped generations of youth across the country in their tracks and marked the conclusion of a night of outdoor fun. The wailing of a curfew siren, usually from the local fire hall, was for many years a tradition in small towns across the USA.
    Did you grow up with one of those in your fair community ?
    Is this a mark of a small community ?
    Is really just a quint relic ?

    There must be something to this because 102 comments were posted.
    A version of this growing up in the Metro NY area was on Channel 5
    Each night, The 10 O'Clock News was preceded by the simple, but now-famous announcement: "It's 10:00 p.m. ... Do you know where your children are?". While its exact origins are unknown,[6] staff announcer Tom Gregory was one of the first people to say this famous line that WNEW pioneered. Other television stations in the country have adopted this for their own 10 p.m. (or 11 p.m.) slots (which may depend on the start of the local youth curfew in each market).

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    Cyburbia Administrator Dan's avatar
    Mar 1996
    Upstate New York
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    "It's 11 o'clock. Do you know where your children are?" started on WKBW (Channel 7) in Buffalo.

    Buffalo and its suburbs didn't have curfews, but they did have sirens that were tested at least once a week at a regular time. Up until the late 1980s, suburban volunteer fire departments used to use sirens to signal firemen to the firehouse.
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