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Old 02-23-2015, 12:54 PM
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We both delivered the Bulletin. Bob was in Phila. I was in the suburbs. It was 8 cents a copy. He still has his original wooden Bulletin wagon. I scrubbed toilets and cleaned Penn State dorm rooms during summer break one year.
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Cost me 7 cents for the paper and I sold it for 10 cents!
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Yea I delivered papers and would use a red wagon for the Sunday Edition
Also had to clean house , wash han clothes for my Mom because she worked. I begged her not to let the guys see me hang clothes and often she comply.
i worked in a theater as an usher. when i went into the servie the transition was easy because I had become so self reliant and well versed in cooking and cleaning....it all paid off
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Got up at 4 am delivered papers, cleaned the house and also did the cooking. There wasn't no father, my mother was bed ridden with MS and my brother was two years younger. There were also some bed pans or other nursing issues. I also helped negotiate the $135 a month welfare payment with the social worker. Unfortunately, there were not as many social safety nets back then. I was 8 years old.
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Sweetie did. I did.


I was a paperboy at 15, and at 16 I scrubbed toilets, and then onto a successful career
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Got up at 4 am delivered papers, cleaned the house and also did the cooking. There wasn't no father, my mother was bed ridden with MS and my brother was two years younger. There were also some bed pans or other nursing issues. I also helped negotiate the $135 a month welfare payment with the social worker. Unfortunately, there were not as many social safety nets back then. I was 8 years old.
Bless your heart, you had a hard introduction to life.
Your mother was lucky to have such an enterprising son, and only eight years old.
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Things when we were younger were sometimes not easy..I sometimes wonder how we made it through.
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Things when we were younger were sometimes not easy..I sometimes wonder how we made it through.
I was fortunate to to have a loving mother who taught me that adversity is challenge to be met and overcome. She was the strongest person I have ever met.
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I was fortunate to to have a loving mother who taught me that adversity is challenge to be met and overcome. She was the strongest person I have ever met.

And I had grandparents who loved me very much. and expected me to scrub floors and clean the toilet and iron...just like all the other kids on the block.
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YEP - Delivered Newsday and LI Press (both Long Island papers), mowed lawns and worked at the supermarket.

WHEW! LOL
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Yep, was a paper boy....also had an exciting time working as a pin setter at a local bowling alley, those pin setting machines put a lot of kids out of work.
Basic Training was a real eye opener in clean-up work.
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Living on the farm, I never was a paperboy. From about 7 y/o through my years in college, I worked on a cotton/soybean farm, a cotton gin, grain elevator, fertilizer warehouse - everything that had to do with a farm. After college, my career started as a LEO.
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I am the oldest of six and we all had jobs to do. No allowance in our house, just an expectation that you have to pitch in. My weekly job every Saturday was to clean our one bathroom from top to bottom. My daily task was to do the dishes, which was a huge job given the size of our family. If I dared to complain and ask why I had to do these things my mother would say, because I said so. I was 9 years old.
BTW....my dishes are done and my bathroom sparkles! Thanks, Mom!
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Got up at 4 am delivered papers, cleaned the house and also did the cooking. There wasn't no father, my mother was bed ridden with MS and my brother was two years younger. There were also some bed pans or other nursing issues. I also helped negotiate the $135 a month welfare payment with the social worker. Unfortunately, there were not as many social safety nets back then. I was 8 years old.
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Delivered Grit weekly paper any Boy Scouts out here remember ?
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