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Winter 2021

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Wei htier Matters E ric Weight's alarm clock rang at 6 a.m. every ric Weight's alarm clock rang at 6 a.m. every morning, no matter the weather, no matter the morning, no matter the weather, no matter the month, no matter the holiday. On his front porch month, no matter the holiday. On his front porch sat copies of the sat copies of the Salt Lake Tribune Salt Lake Tribune, ready for distri- , ready for distri- bution in his Provo neighborhood. Weight, a trusty bution in his Provo neighborhood. Weight, a trusty thirteen-year-old paper carrier, was responsible for thirteen-year-old paper carrier, was responsible for delivering them. delivering them. "The Sunday paper was the worst because it was "The Sunday paper was the worst because it was three times as thick because of all the ads," Weight three times as thick because of all the ads," Weight says. "I would sometimes have to make two trips says. "I would sometimes have to make two trips on my bike because they were so heavy." on my bike because they were so heavy." Throwing newspapers while biking—a "lost art," Throwing newspapers while biking—a "lost art," says Weight—was challenging, but even more daunt- says Weight—was challenging, but even more daunt- ing? Getting customers to pay. Weight was charged ng? Getting customers to pay. Weight was charged for the newspapers, and if his neighbor-customers for the newspapers, and if his neighbor-customers didn't pay up, he was left to foot the bill himself. didn't pay up, he was left to foot the bill himself. Written by Emily Edmonds Written by Emily Edmonds Photography by Bradley Slade Photography by Bradley Slade 12 MARRIOTT 12 MARRIOTT

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