I started delivering a daily newspaper at age 8 for my older brother and had my own route at age 10. The newspaper is part of my DNA now. I’m a happy camper because the Minneapolis Star Tribune started publishing the printed facsimile again that I can read on my iPad. Web based systems just don’t cut it but the printed facsimile editions help when you are on the road a third of the year.
Like you Davydd: I started my paper route at age 8. I carried about 150 paper with my bicycle six miles every day. Sunday’s were hard because of the huge paper but I did it. When I first started, weekly papers were 0.25 weekly. Most paid promptly but some did not and in fact many cheated me but it taught me a lot of lessons about how to negotiate. Some I lost but most I won. That life lesson still remains with me today and it taught me a lot about my retired and current business. A great experience that I will never ever forget although sometimes through rain, snow and heat it was difficult.
I still enjoy reading the daily newspaper with Mamaw Smith every morning at 5:00AM with coffee but I guess it is a matter of time before the printed media expires.
Paul E. Smith