During renovations of Clifton’s Cafeteria in Los Angeles, a neon lamp that was switched on during the Great Depression was found behind a partition. It’s been on for 77 years. The owner estimates it’s generated more than $17,000 in electric bills.
Fans know Clifton’s as the place LASFS met and freeloaded for a few years in the late 1930s. So not only was the light on all the time that LASFS met at Clifton’s, it’s been on for nearly the entire history of the club’s existence — 78 years this October.
[Thanks to John King Tarpinian for the story.]