News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

Robert Crandall, a paper “boy” for The Times Argus in Montpelier, decided it was time to move on. Not exactly headline news, but then 90-year-old Crandall is no ordinary delivery person. This was his second career, having been a dentist for 50 years. Idling was not a situation he enjoyed, so when his wife, Elfriede, saw an ad in the paper for someone to deliver the paper, she suggested he call and apply for the job. He did. “It was not work,” Crandall said. “It was pleasure.” Crandall delivered about 20 newspapers on a daily basis, and some he sold along the way, in all kinds of weather. “He was out there every day, “said Melody Hudson, The Times Argus circulation director. “…He was certainly one of our best carriers.” But a tumble down a flight of stairs and a broken finger and scalp cuts as a result, was enough to convince Elfriede it was time for Robert to retire for the second time. People took note of his retirement, with the newspaper staff “vetoing” his retirement. He keeps busy these days keeping track of eight children and 11 grandchildren and – what else? – reading the newspaper.

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About Craig Altschul

Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Altschul is past president of both the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snow Journalists Association.

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