(This Footnote to History article was printed on page 10 in the November 13, 1947 edition of the Detroit Free Press, and is reprinted word-for-word below.)
Gift Wrapper Raps in Vain
All alone and locked in eight floors up, Wednesday night, was Joe Gibson, 49, of 2332 Park, who had been so busy wrapping Christmas parcels for the J. L. Hudson Co. he didn’t notice time pass.
Unable to attract the watchman, he improvised a rope from rags, string and electric wire, to which he attached a cardboard sign pleading for help. This he dangled from a warehouse window at 310 E. Jefferson.
After an hour a passer-by noticed the dancing SOS 10 feet above him. He called police. Released, Gibson said he was through working overtime — alone.