Jeepers, Creepers, Where'd You Get That Beeper?
by David Lubar
To tell the truth, I really didn't know exactly what a beeper was or how they
worked until the day I found one. I'd seen them in old movies. They're called
pagers now, and they do all sorts of fancy stuff. But back then, they were just
called beepers, and most of them didn't do much at all. If someone had asked me
how they worked, I wouldn't really have been able to give a good answer. It wasn't
something I paid much attention to.
I wouldn't even have found it if it hadn't beeped when I walked by. At the time, I
believed it was a coincidence. I was on my way home from school. I was late. Mr.
Atkins had made me stay after to work on an essay. I'd already written it once, but
he told me I didn't put enough effort into it and he wanted me to try again. So I got
out later than the rest of the kids. I'll bet a couple hundred kids walked right past
the beeper before I did. It was lying on the ground next to the sidewalk, just a
block away from the school. But it blended into the dirt pretty well, so it wasn't
surprising that nobody noticed it. As I said, I would have walked right by if it