Feb 8, 2016

MMMM #527 --- The newspaper tubes.

  In the mid 1970's I worked for a radio station owned by a newspaper. That used to be a common business practice. 
     In this case it was WJLK and it was owned by The Asbury Park Press
     We did fifteen minute long newscasts and read the obituaries every day. Talk about dead air!
    The radio newsroom was a part of the newspaper's
newsroom. The paper used a now quaint system to move stories and other paper from one place to another in the old newspaper building. A pneumatic tube system....think of a much larger version of the systems that let you give the teller in the drive-though your deposit. The system in New Jersey was built into the entire building. 
     I though it was about the largest version in existence, but a much, much larger one operated up the coast, in New York City.   
    It was a  27 mile tube system that delivered mail to and from 23 New York City post offices starting in the late 1800's.
     Really. I grew up there and never heard about it.
     You can read about it at this website
     I'm sure newspapers in Alabama also used the pneumatic tubes, but I'm confident no city in the state grew large enough early enough for a mail tube system. 


     Two journalism students at a College in Canada have been fired by the student newspaper for doing exactly the right thing. They were told not to report a story about a peeping tom in a campus restroom because it was a "non-story". They showed the email instruction to their professor and posted it online. Bam. Fired. My advice: make it the top item on your resumes.
     The story was a story to local TV, which of course reported the arrest of the student voyeur. 

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1 comment:

Jay Croft said...

G. Fox & Co. was a major department store in Hartford, CT. They used pneumatic tubes throughout the store to send cash to a central location within the building.

This was really before credit cards, so you had to bring cash and wait for the money to be sent through a tube, and wait some more for your receipt.

I lived in a suburb of Hartford 1956-60 and remember wondering why they didn't just use cash registers like all the other stores.