Once a Paperboy, and Still Delivering News

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I never had a paperboy job, but I substituted a lot for my friends. I enjoyed pinch-hitting because it made my father proud; he spent 10 years as a paperboy in Indianapolis, from age 8 to 18.

A few times I delivered papers on a bike, but mostly I was of driving age when I subbed for friends on vacation. I drove the family's 1969 Volkswagen pop-top camper at the time (identical to one I see in Novato all the time). I would slowly drive the route with the camper's sliding door open, tossing out papers from a laundry bin sitting on the camper floor behind me.

Today, I'm still delivering the news, only differently.

We live in a digital world and only a fraction of news consumers subscribe to print products that are thrown on their driveways. They read their news on their PCs, laptops, smart phones and other hand-held devices. With Patch, the paper boy comes in the form of a nifty electronic newsletter that's delivered to your e-mail inbox every morning at 6.

The newsletter is populated with the daily edition of Novato Patch and is a good way to start your day off "in the know," so to speak. Once signed up for the newsletter, you will also be notified when news breaks in Novato — whenever there is an emergency or essential information to pass along.

The newsletter includes headlines of all the best content placed on Novato Patch the previous day. It's not just the so-called hard news but also events,  announcements and Local Voices blogs added by Patch readers. If you see a headline that makes your eyebrows rise, click on it and you'll be taken to the story on the Patch site.

The best part? The newsletter is free.

If it sounds good and you haven't signed up for it, you can do so by clicking here.

Tom Walsh April 12, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Allot can be said for the work ethic learned as a paperboy or papergirl. My very first job was as a paperboy after substituting for a friend. I delivered the San Francisco Progress once a week while in grammar school. One day out on delivery, I was asked by a S. F. Chronicle “route master” passing by in his truck if I was interested in taking on a daily route with them. One route led to two, and then soon both of my brothers were delivering too Between the three of us we covered half of the Mt. Davidson area between Monterey Blvd to O’Shaughnessy Blvd to Portola Drive down to Forrest Hill Station. I learned allot about responsibility, money management, and time management. But the best lessons learned were about people. Today people pay their newspaper bills mostly by mail, but in those days we went door-to-door collecting monthly subscription fees. You got to know your customers and they got to know you. If you got a tip and a compliment you felt very rewarded. If you had a customer that always had something to complain about, even if you placed the paper on his top doorstep day after day, well let’s just say you never expected to get a tip. The method of delivering the news has certainly changed but I believe that the Patch model enables a community to better know itself and better know each other. Anyone can contribute to everyone’s benefit. It’s been both fun and rewarding to be a part of that too
Maria Escobar April 13, 2012 at 05:58 AM
I was a subsitute paper girl and had to walk up a very steep hill. These elderly sisters on the route gave me "treats" at the end of their long driveway. Problem now is many kids don't get jobs and parents won't make them work. This goes for both the rich and the poor. We need more kids hoofing it with paper routes!


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