Dallas, Texas: Golden Boy: AT&T's Embarrassing Mascot

Greek god-like nude entwined-in-cables, with a fistful of lightning bolts. Over 100 years old. Named "The Genius of Telegraphy," then "The Spirit of Communication," but everyone calls him Golden Boy. Restored Oct. 2020.

Address:
301 S. Akard St., Dallas, TX
Directions:
South side of downtown, in the middle of what was formerly S. Akard St., just north of its intersection with Wood St.
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The Spirit of Accumulation.

Golden Boy - AT&T's Embarrassing Mascot

While there to visit Golden Boy, you can see an impressive ball of Visitor's name stickers that the guy at the front desk has collected.

[Doug Dirr, 06/04/2017]

Unofficially named "The Spirit of Accumulation."

Golden Boy.

AT&T's Golden Boy

The stunning 28-ft. tall Golden Boy (aka "The Spirit of Communication") has been moved to the headquarters of his conquering corporate lords at 208 South Akard St., Dallas, TX. We love the big gilded lad, as much a symbol of a former monopoly, entangled in its own landlines, as a spirit of soaring communication. The move from New Jersey, refurbishment, and installation was accomplished with little fanfare. Anything to do with a giant gold-covered statue -- during a recession -- is a bit of a PR lightning bolt....

The new AT&T, even after its decades-long hiatus as a Baby Bell company (SBC), is arguably more like the old regulated AT&T than the old AT&T was after SBC spun off. Even so, they must have pondered long and hard what to do with their naked angel-man.

But Golden Boy -- Huzzah! Huzzah!

[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 07/07/2009]
AT&T's Golden Boy offered as donation

Golden Boy, AT&T's mighty Greek godlike nude statue entwined-in-cables, may be donated to the New York City Parks department, if they can find a spot for it. The 60-year old symbol of the "Spirit of Communication" has stood in front of corporate HQ in Basking Ridge, NJ, for decades since it was saved from the top of AT&T's original Manhattan headquarters....

[03/19/2000] Complete News Story


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