"THIS WEEK'S HONOR CARRIER"
ANSWERING SUSAN'S QUESTION
Susan asked this morning, "What were you doing at 13?"
We were telling the story of the 13 year old who made it to the summit of Mount Everest. Susan joked about what any of us might have been doing at that age, and it certainly was not climbing the world's tallest mountain.
It was, in my case, being the bestest paperboy in Southeast Wisconsin.
I got a paper route when I was 12, I think. Milwaukee Sentinel. If I only knew 2 decades later, I'd be getting up even earlier for Journal Communications Inc. My dad helped me. He got up every morning with me, and later my brother when he took over.
Mostly because he rousted me out of bed every morning, and forced me to do a good job, I secured the "Honor Carrier" designation about a year into my efforts. I now proudly display the plaque here in the newsroom.
I got the plaque, my picture in the paper, and I think a gift certificate or something.
The accompanying article has an awesome quote from me. "I'm careful to see that all my customers receive their paper early, that it's in good condition and in a convenient location for them," said Vincent.
Not my favorite part, though. No, that would be this line, "(Vincent) plans to attend college and study aerospace engineering and astronautics."
Not quite, Vincent.