Date: May 11, 2006 at 10:16:25 From: Dennis Shenk, [mobile-166-172-110-108.mycingular.net] Subject: Re: Annie Oakley (more trivia)
In the theater business, a free ticket given out by the management is called an "Annie Oakley".
The back story is that in the early days management would punch a hole in the ticket and stub end of free passes so that the ticket stub count and the gate take could be reconciled after a performance. "Freebies" could also be identified at the gate and given special treatment if desired.
These punched tickets resembled the playing cards that Oakley had shot out of the air.