Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Illustrator Can't Draw Number

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Illustrator Can't Draw Number

Article excerpt

What a difference two digits make.

That's all that separates Paul Palnik's toll-free telephone number and one that was used by cable television's Cartoon Network. And it's an anvil hanging over the head of the cartoonist and book illustrator from suburban Bexley.

Palnik sells his artwork at fairs and festivals around the country and through a mail-order catalog that uses the number 1-800-CARTOON - a phone number he has had since 1986.

Everything was fine until Ted Turner, chairman of the Atlanta-based Turner Broadcasting System Inc., started the Cartoon Network in 1992.

Then the phone started ringing. At first, he got one or two calls a day from people assuming Palnik's number was the network's. But in the last couple of months, the numbers hit the thousands.h

"I have to leave the phone off the hook," Palnik said. He was spending all day fielding wrong numbers and his own customers couldn't get through.

The Cartoon Network does not have a regular toll-free numberot, said Shirley Powell, a network spokeswoman. …

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