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Changing Careers: The Future of Newspaper Delivery

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DOVER, Del. (WBOC) - The Newspaper Association of America says daily newspaper circulation in the United States is about 40 million. That may seem like a lot. But around 1980, total circulation was above 60 million.

Still even 40 million papers have to get to their destinations every day.

While Kent County is still asleep, John Fallers is wide awake.

Seven days a week he loads up his van to deliver the Delaware State News. Fallers has been at it 17 years.

"Through hurricanes, snow storms, wind, floods - I've seen all of it out here," he said.

He brings papers to stores, vending machines and other carriers across Dover and Smyrna.

"I have approximately 140 stops. I spend 5.5-6 hours a day," said Fallers. "There are five separate routes altogether."

He says there's no way a paper boy could do what he does.

"No, no. Not at all. There's just too much."

Today Ed Rexroth is a branch manager for First Preference Mortgage. But he was once a paperboy.

"I enjoyed it. I was young - 12 or 13 years old, maybe even younger than that. It was a good way to earn money," said Rexroth. "I actually took on two routes - one with the Delaware State News and one with the Dover Post. You would go around in the neighborhood delivering papers. Then, obviously, once a week you would go around and do the collecting."

Rexroth says he covered one neighborhood, which is about 75 to 100 homes. But it's just not the way either paper delivers the news these days.

"I have more deliveries now than I ever have," said Fallers. "It increases a little more every year."

And that's part of why he fully expects to be able to toss in another 17 years of delivering the news.

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