SCHENECTADY Many newspaper carriers of yesterday worked — and walked — at dawn.
Boys and girls traveled with canvas bags full of rolled newspapers. They carried some papers to steps on the front porch and placed others in milk boxes on the side of the house. Weather was never a concern — kids made their rounds in snow, wind and rain.
The Daily Gazette is hoping to recruit members of past delivery staffs for a one-day return to glory. To help celebrate The Gazette’s 120th year in business, the newspaper’s Old Newsboys’ Day will be held Wednesday, Oct. 1, the actual anniversary date.
The Gazette hopes some veteran news slingers will pitch in for a charitable cause.
Veteran carriers will be paired with current newspaper staffers and
leaders. The teams will be stationed at local community gathering spots during the morning rush and sell newspapers. We’re hoping the old newsboys and Gazette personnel will be vocal and persuasive — and we’re hoping customers will donate a little bit more than the $1 cover price. All money will be donated to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York.
We’ll begin the nostalgic adventure around 7:30 a.m. at most locations and wrap up sales pitches by 10 a.m. All newsboys — and girls — will be invited back to The Daily Gazette’s headquarters on Maxon Road Extension for breakfast beverages and snacks.
Interested former carriers are asked to contact Jeff Wilkin at 395-3124 or at wilkin@daily
gazette.com by Monday, Sept. 15. Local businesses interested in hosting a two-person team are also asked to contact Wilkin.
So newsboys and newsgirls, get ready to hit the pavement one more time on Oct. 1. And practice those “Extra! Extra!” exclamations.
Stay tuned: The event is just one of many we’re planning for this fall to commemorate both our past and our present.