Yes I remember. You picked up the phone and the operator said "Number please". And you could just ask for the time. "Correct time please". Wristwatches were something you got as a special present.And the phone did not have a dial, you picked it up and told the operator the number that you wanted. My big sister's first job after high school was a telephone operator.
Cell phones were science fiction back then.
I can remember my grandmothers number from 80 years ago, but not my own from 5 years ago.