For two years, back in the 70s I had a paper route. Seattle Times, and later the Bremerton Sun. Seven days a week, in the afternoon. This wasn’t some kind of special accomplishment. It was just an average thing for kids in those days.

The winter weather was probably in the low 40s. Sometimes drizzly. I don’t remember any big storms.

It was seen as completely appropriate, not unsafe or controversial to be out alone for hours each week riding around.

Also seen as uncontroversial:

Walking to school or walking back and forth from the school bus stop unaccompanied by parents.

Halloween too.

 

What else has changed?

I feel like maybe newspeople were better at asking questions back then.

 

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Extinct ferry – Kitsap County