September 4: Newspaper Carrier Day

On September 4, 1833, the New York Sun hired the first paperboy ever, a ten year old named Barney Flaherty. Then, for generations, teen and preteen boys earned pocket money by delivering papers after school from a trusty ten speed. Now, most paper routes are done by car in the early morning hours, even before the sun shows itself.

Newspaper carriers and their employers would certainly suggest celebrating by reading a newspaper (and maybe subscribing to a new one too). As a kid, I devoured the comic strips, and left the rest strictly alone. I’m afraid it took me years to discover that there were other things worth looking at (and no, I’m not talking about the ads!).

“How beautiful on the mountains
are the feet of those who bring good news,
who proclaim peace,
who bring good tidings,
who proclaim salvation,
who say to Zion,
‘Your God reigns!'”

Isaiah 52:7


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