RJ TODAY CIRCULATION
David Pare, Lynn Galasso, Kelle DeRico, Pat Sheahan, Kristen McManus, Robin Esposito, Neisha Ponce, Luciano Corsetti. David Pare SVP/Circulation Director/Marketing Manager
The Paperboy! In the 150 year history of the Record-Journal, each of the Circulation Departments along the way all had one common goal — offer the best possible delivery service to our readership, making sure all papers (and now digital products) were delivered in a timely, safe and dry manner. The Paperboy has always been a common thread to that end. The Paperboy, or more commonly known now as an Independent Delivery Contractor, has always been the backbone of satisfying that ultimate goal of servicing the needs of all readers. Paperboy was an iconic role in the heyday of printed newspapers. A paperboy’s task was to distribute printed newspapers to homes or offices of subscribers on a regular route, usually using a bicycle. Some even “hawked” papers. Some of you may even remember hearing the words, EXTRA! EXTRA! barked out by youths and adults alike on street corners back in the day. Newspaper industry lore suggest that the first
paperboy, hired in 1833, was a 10-year old Barney Flaherty who answered an advertisement in the New York Sun, which read “To the unemployed a number of steady men can find employment by vending this paper.” Now 37 years in the industry and 18 years with the Record-Journal, I’ve seen a lot of changes take place in the industry’s newspaper delivery force. In my heyday, 100% of the delivery contractors were youths and today at the Record-Journal, 100% are adults. So, if you haven’t already picked up on it by now, my column is meant to thank all those hard working, “dedicated” Independent Delivery Contractors that over the past 150 years, delivered during some of New England’s worst storms and collectively have also been a part of the Record-Journal not missing one publication day in that same time span. I want to offer my personal thank you to all prior, present and future Independent Delivery Contractors of the Record-Journal, who make it their mission to make sure they have our paper in the hands of our loyal readers, in a timely, safe and dry manner. Amazing!
The “newspaper boy” mosaic from the facade of the Record-Journal’s previous building, 11 Crown Street.
150TH ANNIVERSARY RECORD-JOURNAL