Another ‘Church’ Committee? Oh, No!

 

I will admit that – like Prince Harry –  I may have been traumatized as a child, but every time I hear about the need for a new “Church Committee,” I get a little nervous.

When I was in junior high school, I had a fairly large morning paper route (sorry to say, the Washington Post). Senator Frank Church was on my route and was very insistent that I place the paper each day behind the storm door. No throwing the paper on his lawn!

More importantly, if I was ever there after about 6 a.m., the Senator would be standing at the door with a severe scowl on his face. Some mornings, we would coincide at the door and he would scare me to death!

I had to re-arrange the route so his paper was delivered as soon as possible and got up before 4 a.m. to make sure it was delivered as early as possible.

I would finish and go back to sleep before I needed to get up to go to school.  To this day (60 years or so later), I’m still wide awake around 3:30 and get very sleepy around 6.

Please, find another name to compare the commission to.

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  1. Chris Williamson Member
    Chris Williamson
    @ChrisWilliamson

    That’s a fantastic story. What an experience! Did you read the headlines along the way?

    I had a paper route, and I remember old Pete G. chewing me out because the paper wasn’t behind the storm door one day, and it rained. I was telling a guy who grew up in Miami about this the other day, and he asked, “What’s a storm door?”

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  2. Arahant Member
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    All the old paperboys get together and swap stories.

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  3. WillowSpring Member
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    Chris Williamson (View Comment):
    That’s a fantastic story. What an experience! Did you read the headlines along the way?

    The only headline I remember is a picture on the top of the page warning about driving accidents.  The victim had been thrown from his car and impaled on the metal stake used to climb telephone poles.  That was a long morning.

    Back then, I wasn’t really into politics, so I didn’t read much.

    @arahant – All the old paperboys get together and swap stories.

    At this point, I think it is only “old paperboys”.  I think that job has gone the way of kids working in gas stations or cutting lawns – two of my other early jobs.

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  4. Jon Gabriel, Ed. Admin
    Jon Gabriel, Ed.
    @jon

    If memory serves, I had the largest paper route for the Arizona Republic. A few years earlier, my older brother combined two neighborhood routes, and eventually passed the proud legacy on to me. Still haven’t forgiven him…

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