November 20, 2022
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Paperboys in Vermont?

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Has anyone seen any paperboys (or girls) delivering daily newspapers these days?

As a kid growing up in Newport, VT, back in the 1960’s and 70’s, it was quite a big deal to have a “paper route” which was essentially a part-time newspaper delivery job. There were quite a few “paperboys” each competing for coveted routes delivering the local newspaper throughout the community.

Update: By the mid 1990s, “paperboys” and “papergirls” were replaced by adult men and women. The shift in the paper carriers’ ages were due partly to the disappearance of evening newspapers that provided student-friendly delivery times.

In any case, it was a good little part-time job for a kid to have and many of us would compete for the “best routes”. It taught us how to earn money, save for things we wanted (like bicycles) and generally kept most kids out of mischief due to boredom.

Unfortunately, these days laws are much more lax. People in general are a bit “scarier” than they used to be so as a dad, I’d probably be more than a bit concerned about my child going to a number of homes and interacting with people in these days and times.

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