Barry still throwing papers for the love of the morning
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.