You don't have to be a reporter to get the newspaper business in your blood.
For brothers Boyd and Paul Mason, newspaper delivery was a family tradition. Recently, Boyd stopped by the Deseret News office to reminisce about the '30s, when a year's subscription cost about the same as a monthly subscription does now.He remembers customers who paid 3 cents at a time on their 68-cent-a-month subscription. And he traded one customer a daily Deseret News for eggs. "I'd save up the credit and collect eggs about once every four months - more than one person could carry."
In 1939, he won a trip to the World's Fair for selling the most subscriptions. In those days, he said, other newspaper carriers were like family. About once a year the carriers all loaded into an old delivery truck and headed for exotic locations - like Yellowstone Park.
Paul lives in Centerville now and Boyd lives in Soda Springs, Idaho. But he makes the trip to Utah frequently and still stops to visit a few favorite old customers.
He said his success in business goes back to his early newspaper delivery training. "It teaches you to sort of take care of everything. I can't tell you what I made because I never really kept track. But I learned to be reliable, pay bills, collect for the papers and be precise."