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June 27, 2014

Guess Who! Week 26

— How did he always avoid dogs and thunderstorms and hail and heat on his 120-customer newspaper delivery route? By tossing newspapers at the front doors at only one address: 130 S. Front St. in Sunbury. River Front Apartments. “That was the whole route,” he says. “I didn’t have to deal with the weather.” He didn’t even have to haul his newspapers from his home on Race Street to the high rise. “They were dropped off there,” he says. He did have to climb the stairs to the 16th floor, but “it was a quick way to earn money.” That job as a middle schooler in the early 1990s at first was in the afternoon, then changed to mornings. “But I wasn’t really bleary-eyed going to school,” at St. Monica’s, and later, at Shikellamy. After his deliveries, you might have found him playing air guitar to his favorite band, Poison. Air guitar because he never learned how to play a Flying-V or any other chick-magnet instrument. “My hair never got long,” he admits, “because my mother would not let me.” He did get her permission to knock off the top item on his bucket list, attending The Masters in April. The grass, he says, “is the greenest you will ever see in your life. Unbelievable.” He was in Augusta, Ga., for the practice round and the first two rounds of golf’s premiere tournament, but the highlight was watching Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player compete in a par-3 contest. “That,” he says, “was the signature moment.” Until he gets Mom’s OK to backpack around Ireland, this MIlton resident will have to settle for the peace and tranquillity brought by his two- to three-mile run every other day. “In my job, you’re with people,” he says, “and running is a nice, quiet time to have your own thoughts.” Thoughts that might take him to his favorite spot on Earth, Beaver Stadium. “I would go to Penn State games with my grandfather from the age of 6 or 7,” he says. “Up until last year he was 97 and went to almost every single one of them.” It wasn’t so much watching the Nittany Lions play, he says, “as it was spending time with him.” Guess Who! in the Discussion Box above!

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