Richard DiCristofaro is in.
So is Jim McDermott. And the Walker brothers — Steve, Jeff, Kevin and Dana.
The guys are all former Daily Gazette paperboys and will return to their one-time morning jobs Wednesday, Oct. 1.
The Daily Gazette is recruiting newsboys and newsgirls from the newspaper’s past to help celebrate the newspaper’s 120th year in business. The front page news is “Old Newsboys’ Day,” and newspapers will be sold by a vocal, one-day-only sales force to raise money for the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York.
On Oct. 1, the newspaper’s actual anniversary date, veteran news slingers will be paired with current newspaper staffers and leaders. The teams will be stationed at local community gathering spots during the morning rush and sell the morning news. Host businesses — so far — include Price Chopper supermarkets, Gabriel’s supermarkets, the Glenville Queen and Peter Pause restaurants, Tops American Grill, the Wedgeway Barber Shop, Proctors, Albany Medical Center, Mike’s Hot Dogs, the Niskayuna Food Co-op and the 1st National Bank of Scotia.
The newsies of the past are enthusiastic about once again wearing canvas bags.
DiCristofaro — longtime fixture at the Wedgeway Barber Shop — said he, his brothers and his sisters worked two Gazette paper routes in Schenectady’s Mont Pleasant section. “I am one of 11 children and the routes ... were handed down from brother to sister until we all graduated from high school,” DiCristofaro said. “These routes were large — 120 to 140 papers — and were very helpful to our family in many ways.”
Rotterdam resident McDermott carried on Schenectady’s Summit Avenue, Paige Street and Germania Avenue. The Walker brothers walked the streets in Central Bridge.
We want to add more guys and girls. And we hope old newsboys and Gazette personnel will be persuasive. We’re also hoping customers will donate a little bit more than the $1 cover price to the food bank.
The nostalgic adventure will begin around 7:30 a.m. at most locations and wrap up by 10. All newsboys — and newsgirls — will be invited back to The Daily Gazette’s headquarters on Maxon Road Extension for breakfast beverages and snacks.
Interested former carriers are asked to contact Jeff Wilkin at 395-3124 or at email@example.com by Monday, Sept. 15.
Local businesses interested in hosting a two-person team are also asked to contact Wilkin.
So a final note to newsboys and newsgirls: Get ready to hit the pavement one more time Oct. 1. And practice those “Extra! Extra!” exclamations.
And stay tuned: The event is just one of many The Gazette is planning this fall to commemorate both our past and our present.