When News Tribune carrier Peggy Karlinsey retired a few weeks ago, one University Place couple noticed.
“We have not missed a single paper – not one! Not only were the papers delivered everyday, but they were delivered early,” wrote Roy and Pat Helland. “We would like to thank Peggy and honor her – not only for her spirit of excellence – but also, and especially, for the care and kindness she shared with all of us in our University Place neighborhood.”
File this one under ‘You never know who’s watching and appreciating it when you do your job.’
Twenty-six years of early mornings, rain and snow.
And for all but a few months of those 26 years, the paper Peggy Karlinsey delivered was the one I wrote for – so I should thank her, too. If someone on Peggy’s route didn’t read a Seattle Mariners story – or, since October, a local column – it wasn’t her fault.
It was mine. Some of them my wife didn’t read, either.