Former Denver paperboys give the scoop on routes and rowdiness, decades later: ‘The most fun I ever had’

The Denver Post: In the late 1970s, Marty Lavine rode his bicycle around Denver’s Platt Park neighborhood, chucking copies of The Denver Post with one hand and balancing with the other. Today, the 56-year-old still opts to bike the streets of the Mile High City on his way to work at his business, PUSH Gym.

Lavine’s job as a Denver Post paperboy is a relic of the 20th century that’s virtually extinct today. Newsies, or newsboys who distributed papers, date back to at least 1833, according to nonprofit The Poynter Institute. But as newspaper print circulation began to decline and circulation departments expanded routes that required cars rather than bicycles, paperboys became “just a whole thing of the past,” Lavine said. “It was just the natural progression, I guess.”

The Denver Post switched from an afternoon to a morning paper in the fall of 1982, with the paperboy era ending in 1988, said home delivery field manager John Doody.

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