First jobs: Eddie Enns, Fort Pierce mayor 

October 25, 2003

How did I get started as a paperboy? Well, I probably wanted something.

I know I did -- after the war they came out with these bikes with the little wheel on the front and a great big basket. Well, I had a bike, but I really wanted one of those new ones. My parents said 'You can earn it.' I thought [the bike]'d be good to deliver papers.

At that time Bobby [elder brother by six years, and much later the paper's executive editor] delivered papers in the morning for the [Miami] Herald. Well, I wasn't about to do that, so I went down to the Tribune to see Uncle Paul. He was the business manager in those days. Actually, he was my great uncle.

But before that, I told Bobby I'd help him with his Sunday route. The Herald was pretty big on Sundays in those days and I went along to help carry the papers -- they were held together with a big rubber band.

I've always been afraid of lightning. I took the [Tribune] job in summertime and it seemed like we had more afternoon thunderstorms then than we do now.

Man, I'd get out there, after school, that thing's coming up on me, I'm loaded up with papers, lightning's cracklin' all over the place. I'm scared to death of lightning.

I'd do my collecting on Saturday mornings -- all my life I've had trouble collecting money from people. You'd knock on the door and they'd ignore you.

It was the same week after week. I got tired of it.

I did save up enough to get that bicycle and I used it on the route for a while. That wasn't such a good deal either -- you sat up kinda high and the basket was low over the front wheel. So you couldn't ride down the street and reach down and pull a paper out of the basket without stopping, getting off and throwing the paper. After about five or six times of that and your rear end got sore."

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