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Bob Lind, Published February 19 2012

Lind: Carrier’s route led to opera interest

Here are some memories from a former Forum carrier, one of those people who faithfully deliver the paper day after day. He tells of his customers, and how his job led him to become an opera fan.

Ron Fredrickson, now of Roseville, Calif., was a Forum carrier in Fargo in 1942.

“It was a small route, but it was a good one,” Ron writes, because he only delivered to businesses “and I didn’t have to be out in the cold in the winter time as much as did the carriers who had residential routes.”

Among the businesses on his route was the Princess Theater, which “always featured Western films Saturday afternoons with a cliffhanger serial as well, and was popular with the younger children,” he says.

The State Theater also was on his route. Instead of paying him for the paper, its management let him see all movies free of charge.

He also says he delivered the paper to places of questionable repute occupied, he says, by some “bimbos.”

On a respectable level, however, was the Cole Hotel where, Ron says, “There was an elegant old lady, Mrs. Cole. She was very refined with what I recall was a Southern accent.

“On Saturday, she’d be listening to Texaco’s radio broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera, and she would sometimes comment on that day’s production for me.

“I,” Ron adds, “am still an opera buff.”

That story has a nice aria to it, Ron.


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