Last Day Delivering The Ann Arbor News

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Cary Push rolls the last edition of The Ann Arbor News on Thursday and inserts it into plastic bags.

Late on Thursday afternoon, the last day of publication for The Ann Arbor News, Cary Push was waiting in his pickup truck at the corner of Eberwhite and Woodridge. The bundle drop hadn’t been made yet to his carrier route, which covers this west side neighborhood south of Liberty and west of Seventh Street.

When the bundled papers  finally arrived, and after Push had rolled them into their plastic bags, The Chronicle tagged along for a bit as he delivered the last day’s edition of The News.

We shadowed him as he walked through the neighborhood with a canvas bag loaded with newspapers. He stopped at some of the houses – but by no means all – and placed each paper in the spot where he’d learned over the last three years that subscribers on his route preferred to have their paper delivered.

Some of them  got placed right on the door mat. Others found a temporary home in the hooks under the mailbox. Some were tossed inside a screened-in porch.

None of them were simply flung from the sidewalk in the general direction of the house. That was something that one loyal subscriber and reader of The News was a little concerned about – because it won’t be Push who’ll be delivering the printed edition of to this neighborhood – that’s the publication intended to replace The Ann Arbor News, at least on Thursdays and Sundays.

That subscriber – who greeted Push with a handshake, wished him well, and asked for his contact information – wanted to know who would be delivering the new paper, and whether they were just going to throw it from a car.  In light of some recent commentary by Chronicle readers, it’s a subject that resonates across Ann Arbor.

The conversation between Push and the subscriber continued. Contemplation of newspapers thrown with too much enthusiasm raised the specter of broken windows. Push couldn’t say for sure who or how the new paper would be delivered in that neighborhood, but told the subscriber if there were any broken windows, to definitely give him a call: “I do glazing, you know!”

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Cary Push gets a farewell handshake from a loyal Ann Arbor News subscriber – who should be recognizable to Chronicle readers as city attorney, Stephen Postema. (Photo by the writer.)

Push owns Joe’s Glass and Handyman Service – “Joe” is his middle name. That business he described as “not going too bad.” But he’ll be continuing to supplement his income from that business by delivering the Thursday and Sunday editions of He just won’t have the Eberwhite route. His new route will be the next neighborhood west of Eberwhite off of Liberty, which will get the sort of human-touch service he’s been providing here.

It’s not just the geographic location that will change.  The Thursday will be a morning paper, unlike the weekday afternoon Ann Arbor News, and the bundle drops will come at 2 a.m. Push says he imagines that Thursday nights, he’ll try to get to bed around 9-10 p.m. for a few hours of sleep, but on Saturdays, he’d likely just stay up all night.

Push figures that the first few days, he’ll need extra time to learn the 300 addresses where he’ll deliver the new paper, but that once he learns the route, he’ll have no trouble getting the papers out on time.

And Push’s confidence on that score is good, because there’ll be one less hour to get the Sunday paper delivered, compared to the standards required by The News. wants the papers on the door step by 7 a.m., instead of 8 a.m.

In any case, it’s a fair bet that at whatever time he delivers them, Push’s papers will land on the doorstep or whatever place subscribers want them placed – not just wherever they happen to land.

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Cary Push places the last day's edition of The Ann Arbor News in the spot each subscriber has told him they want it. (Photo by the writer.)

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Ann Arbor News carrier Cary Push walks the bundles to the bed of his pickup truck in the Eberwhite neighborhood. (Photo by the writer.)


  1. By William Lockwood
    July 24, 2009 at 1:56 pm | permalink

    I am sitting here on Friday and missing the Ann Arbor News. Thank heaven (and Mary) for the Ann Arbor Chronicle!

  2. By William Lockwood
    July 24, 2009 at 1:59 pm | permalink

    Thank Dave too. You folks have your eye on what we need in the Ann Arbor media.

  3. By Constance Crump
    July 24, 2009 at 3:14 pm | permalink

    Cary Push was the best carrier I’ve ever known in 40-plus years of home delivery for various newspapers, including The Ann Arbor News, the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times. I’m really bummed that he won’t be delivering on my route. His customer service is splendid.

  4. By John Weise
    August 7, 2009 at 8:49 am | permalink

    I’ll second that, Cary does an extra great job delivering the paper and the neighborhood to get him next is lucky. Thanks Cary!

  5. By Wystan
    August 7, 2009 at 10:59 am | permalink

    Delivering the Ann Arbor News, circa 1942:
    link to Flickr