What is black and white and read all over?
Brent Davis is circulation director for The Meridian Star.
February 24, 2002
Answer … a newspaper. A lot of highly trained and skilled professionals put in a tremendous amount of effort to produce the newspaper you are currently reading. Reporters and editors and advertising professionals and composing room artists and platemakers and pressmen. The list goes on and on.
After the newspapers come off the presses they go to our packaging center, called the mailroom, where the slick inserts are added and the newspapers are bundled and strapped to be sent out to our carriers. When the bundles come down a conveyor belt and out to our loading dock then the newspapers become the responsibility of the circulation department.
One of our key people here in circulation is our dock foreman. He is the first circulation employee to handle your newspaper each and every day. Our dock foreman here at The Meridian Star is named Truck (his real name is Ronald, but he will tell you real quickly he prefers "Truck").
Truck's job is not exactly a coat and tie type of job. He makes sure each of our carriers receive the proper number of newspapers every day. He stacks insert bundles for Sunday's big paper. Truck is also the "go to" guy for many additional things we need done here in circulation. Need more copy paper, send Truck. Need more greenbar computer paper, send Truck. A carrier 20 miles away is short papers, send Truck.
Truck is also the guy who makes sure our publisher, Paul Barrett, receives one of the very first copies of The Meridian Star to come off the presses each and every day. Keep up the good work, Truck.
As you can see, Truck is a vital member of our circulation team here at The Meridian Star. Sometimes we tend to take him for granted, but we shouldn't.
Thanks, Truck. We couldn't do it without you.