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Updated: 04/25/2014 10:45:30PM

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Newspapers are a lot fatter than when I first delivered the afternoon Miami News. They have changed in many other ways. Afternoon paper routes were small. Just right for a boy on a bike. In Miami Beach, the route bundles were dropped on the street corner between 3:30 and 4, so all would be delivered an hour later.

Morning routes were bigger. The press started, with all the latest sports scores, about midnight. The carriers had their bundles by 3 a.m. With three or four hours to deliver, routes could be bigger. I could fit 120 of those thinner papers on my bike. Roomy saddlebags bulged over light plywood skirts to protect rear wheel spokes. A large wooden basket was braced from my handlebars. Later, a bigger route was delivered from a 1939 Ford convertible.

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