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Rodney Thompson: The Greyhound brought Louisville Times

Rodney L Thompson, Sr. writes:
In the middle 50's I had the pleasure of working for the Waggener Enterprises in delivering the Courier and the now defunct Louisville Times. The Louisville Times was delivered by Greyhound six days a week to the bus station. Ralph Roy and I had numerous good times waiting for the bus to arrive, generally after we had been shooting pool at Bob's Pool room. -Rodney Thompson
Yes, and few people, especially Grover Gilpin, remember it, but it was you two who brought "the newspaper in your yard" concept to Columbia, with Ralph Roy throwing to yards on the right side from the left window, and Rodney L. Thompson throwing to yards on the left from the right window of a Blue Volkswagen Beetle traveling at 35 mph.


Prior to that, Elmer Warren, Kenneth Warren, and Ralph Roy's older brother and his equally diligent sidekick, Henry Hunter Durham, walked the papers to the door, and placed them neatly inside customers' storm doors, so subscribers got their dry newspapers without having to leave their castles.

"Paper thrown in your yard" did revolutionize newspaper delivery for all time. Where before it took a total of 4 manhours to deliver the 147 afternoon Times newspapers, I believe you two got it down to 14 minutes, (including Coke time at the Circle R, and side trips to Harbert Gowen's house on Harvey Street, where Ralph's future bride resided, though no one on Harvey Street took the times; they were all morning paper people) to deliver whole town. -Ed Waggener


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