Monday, December 27, 2010
'Unforeseen problem' delays delivery
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"Due to an unforeseen problem, the delivery of today's paper will be late."
That's the message I heard this morning around 8 when I called the 201 number I usually dial if my paper is missing, wet or late (201-646-4444).
Does "unforeseen problem" refer to the depth of the snow that fell most of Sunday and overnight? A front-page story in The Record of Woodland Park on Sunday predicted a blizzard.
Were there problems with the presses in far-off Rockaway Township? The Mercedes-Benz trucks that haul the papers back to Bergen County?
What about the rag-tag crew of independent home deliverers, whose cars and trucks test the limits of the vehicle-inspection regulations?
I remember when my hometown daily newspaper was put together by reporters and editors in a Hackensack newsroom and printed in the same building. Then, the first legible copies -- the so-called good copies -- were rushed upstairs and pored over for typos, bad headlines and other problems, and fixes were made as soon as possible.
What a concept.