Barry still throw­ing pa­pers for the love of the morn­ing

Alpine Observer - - News -

BARRY Tinetti’s first job was as a pa­per­boy and it will more than likely be his last.

The Bright man who re­cently cel­e­brated his 80th birth­day, de­liv­ers newspapers four morn­ings a week and could well be one of the old­est Vic­to­rian’s do­ing the job ac­cord­ing to ABC Ra­dio host Ian McNa­mara.

“A cou­ple of years ago I rang into the show (Aus­tralia All Over) and said I was throw­ing pa­pers and he (McNa­mara) told me there was a bloke in Moorab­bin, who was two or three months older than me, who was ap­par­ently the old­est pa­per­boy in Vic­to­ria,” Mr Tinetti said.

While he spent the ma­jor­ity of his work­ing life driv­ing trucks, Mr Tinetti was first a pa­per­boy in Dayles­ford, sell­ing newspapers be­fore and af­ter school when he was a teenager.

Af­ter mov­ing to Bright in 1990 and re­tir­ing here, it was about nine years ago that he was talked into do­ing the pa­per round by then Bright Newsagency owner Brian King.

“I didn’t want to do it at the start but then I af­ter two or three months I told him I quite liked it,” he said.

“You’re up early in the morn­ing, de­liver the pa­pers and then you’ve got the rest of the day to your­self.”

Mr Tinetti de­liv­ers pa­pers from Thurs­day to Sun­day and starts at about 5am on each of those morn­ings.

“Hope­fully the pa­pers are here when the shop opens so you can wrap them straight away and then get out and de­liver them,” he said.

“On Thurs­day and Fri­day you can be done by 7am but the week- end takes a lit­tle bit longer, maybe three hours to wrap and de­liver so you fin­ish at 7.50am or 8am.”

Mr Tanetti said on some oc­ca­sions the job has en­tailed more than just throw­ing out pa­pers.

“Some­times the po­lice will be around and will stop me and ask if I say this or saw this per­son,” he said.

“I also gave a young woman a ride home once af­ter she’d had had too much to drink the night be­fore and had fallen asleep on the foot­path near the top round­about in Bright.”

Mr Tanetti said he doesn’t have any plans to give it up soon and says he usu­ally reads the pa­per back to front once he has com­pleted his run.

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