Extra, Extra! NY Man Delivers Newspapers For Decades

Extra, Extra! NY Man Delivers Newspapers For Decades


IS SECOND TO NONE. REPORTER: ANYTHING BIG EVER HAPPEN IN THIS TOWN? ANYTHING BIG? REPORTER: YEAH! HE’S A MAN OF FEW WORDS. DO YOU KNOW OF ANYTHING BIG? REPORTER: BUT THE SMALL TOWN OF GLOVERSVILLE, NEW YORK, RELIED ON HIM TO GIVE THEM THE NEWS. SINCE 1960 MEL HAS BEEN THE TOWN PAPER BOY. YOU DID THIS EVERY DAY FOR 57 YEARS? 365 DAYS A YEAR? YEAH! [ LAUGHTER ] REPORTER: EVER SINCE THE INVENTION OF NEWSPAPER THERE HAVE BEEN PAPER BOYS. INTREPID SOULS WHO ROSE EARLY TO BRING US THE LATEST NEWS TO OUR DOORS HOT OFF THE PRESS. TRADITIONALLY IT WAS AN 8 TO 10- YEAR-OLD BOY. I USED TO STAND BY THE BANK DOWN THERE AND YELL EXTRA EXTRA. REPORTER: LONG BEFORE THE INTERNET T PRIMARY SOURCE OF NEWS WAS THE PAPER, SO TO THIS COMMUNITY MEL WAS INDISPENSABLE. THEY DON’T MAKE CHARACTERS LIKE MEL ANYMORE. REPORTER: HE DELIVERED THE TOWN A FULL SPECTRUM OF NEWS. WARS, TURMOIL, ACHIEVEMENTS AND VICTORIES. DO YOU EVER THINK ABOUT THAT? NOPE [ LAUGHTER ] REPORTER: HIS ROUTE FILLED WITH PERKS. A HOT CUP OF JOE TO WARM HIS HANDS OR A LITTLE LAUGHTER TO WARM YOUR HEART [ LAUGHTER ] REPORTER: POWERED BY COFFEE, MEL SPENT A CAREER DELIVERING MORE THAN 5 MILLION PAPERS AND TRAVELING NEARLY 900,000 MILES, MOSTLY SITTING IN THE PASSENGER SEAT AND DRIVING WITH HIS LEFT FOOT. HE EVEN HAND DELIVERED THE NEWS TO THOSE THAT COULDN’T MAKE IT TO THE MAILBOX. SOME OF THE MOST POWERFUL PEOPLE IN AMERICAN HISTORY GREW UP AT PAPER BOYS. WARREN BUFFET, JOHN WAYNE, MEL. WHY WAS THE JOB SO IMPORTANT TO YOU?>. IT MADE ME FEEL GOOD TO DO SOMETHING FOR THE PEOPLE. REPORTER: HERE, EVEN NOW AT THE AGE OF 87 AND TWO WEEKS INTO RETIREMENT, MEL WILL ALWAYS BE THE PAPER BOY. SUCH A SWEET MAN.

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