Through wars and hurricanes, Sylvan Strickland delivered the news in the 1940s
In the middle of a downpour in September 1941, before the rest of Tallahassee was even awake, Sylvan Strickland picked up 80 copies of the Florida State News.He pedaled on his bicycle toward the downtown office, at the time on the corner of Park Avenue and Adams Street. Strickland later delivered the papers to subscribers on his Glendale route.
When he returned home, his parents were frantically awaiting his arrival. Strickland had no idea he had just delivered the newspaper in the middle of a hurricane.
Strickland is now 94 and lives in Tallahassee with his wife Cheryl, who he has been married to for almost two decades. He is one of generations of people who have delivered the news to doorsteps and are recognized on Oct. 9, International Newspaper Carrier Day.
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