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The Quick 10: 10 ZIP Code Facts

Stacy Conradt
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It was this day in 1963 that zip codes as we know them today were introduced to the U.S. I know your internal trivia arsenal is lacking in ZIP code facts, so we will remedy that today.

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3. 90210 is, yes, Beverly Hills. Another good one: 12345 is General Electric in Schenectady, N.Y.

4. Robert Moon developed the ZIP code idea while working as a postal inspector in Philadelphia, and although he proposed using just three digits, he is still considered the father of the ZIP code. He died in 2001, by the way, and his ZIP code at that time was 34748 "“ Leesburg, Fla.

5. Mr. ZIP, AKA Zippy, was a cute little guy used in the '60s and '70s to promote the use of ZIP codes. He was drawn by Harold Wilcox, the son of a postman. But don't get the idea that a four-year-old kid was at home doodling and his proud dad brought the scribble into work - nope, Harold Wilcox was an art director working for the Cunningham and Walsh advertising agency. He drew the cartoon to look like a little kid had drawn it, though, and originally named him Mr. P.O. Zone.

6. Ethel Merman recorded a song to the tune of "Zip-a-dee-doo-dah" to promote the new ZIP codes.

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