The carriers are the link between the newspaper and its recipients throughout the community. In all weathers, by themselves or with a parent, friend or sibling, the News Review carriers walk from one house or apartment building to the next and drop off papers. Not all our carriers are youngsters – indeed our oldest carrier, ‘Doc’ John Henry Jones, has eased himself past the 80th mile marker and is moving steadily toward 90. Perhaps his fine fettle is due to delivering the paper for so many years.
Many carriers are school-aged, from 10 years old and up. As they get older, they get friends to help them and often pass the route on to a neighbor student a bit younger than them as they go off to college. It’s not clear whether kids who are News Review carriers are just born with character or whether delivering the paper develops it – but many carriers have gone on to successful careers in a variety of areas of endeavor and a substantial number have returned to Greenbelt and now have children delivering the paper. It is entirely feasible that there are families living in town with three generations of carriers. Such families are encouraged to identify themselves to the paper.
Read more about paper distribution of the News Review – in the electronic edition of the March 16 News Review