Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Remember the Paperboy

Posted November 17, 2010

How many of you are on Facebook? What is your most unusual friend? How many of you have reconnected with people from many years ago?

This topic came up this morning when I received a friend request from my former paperboy. You have to turn the clock back to 1975 when John Tesh and I worked as radio news reporters and roomed at Meredith Village Apartments. John and I subscribed to the Raleigh Times and Simon Griffiths delivered it every weekday afternoon. I remember Simon as prompt, personable and polite. He still has the same warm smile today. Simon is married, lives in Raleigh and is an outstanding photographer.

Tell us about your friends on Facebook.  I will deliver a copy of my new CD Simple Beauty to the person with the most interesting story!


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  • stephnc Nov 18, 2010

    My graduating class of 1974 has reconnected using Facebook. it just seems like yesterday, that we were all together. Plus what is even more ironic, that myself and my coworkers talk to each other on Facebook instead of sending emails. Our coworker that moved back to England has joined in the conversation.

  • anggiet Nov 18, 2010

    I'm on in an online prayer group with people all over the United States and several in different parts of the world. There are not many local people in the group, but I had doubts that I would ever get to meet any of these people, who have become friends, this side of Heaven. One such friend has been traveling with her family and dog all over the United States in an RV after Hurricane Katrina forced them to leave Slidell, LA. I saw on Facebook that they were in the Outer Banks and on their way to Seiverville TN. I contacted Sloan to see if they would be re-fueling anywhere from Durham to Burlington in hopes that we could meet. Last Saturday, they happened to stop in Mebane, a few minutes from my house and we were able to meet each other.

  • bjgupton Nov 18, 2010

    My daughter - a freshman in college. So neat to talk to each other - she tells me a lot more that way than on the phone or in person!!!! I just love it!

  • LMRA Nov 17, 2010

    I have a few bizarre friends but my MOST bizarre is the wife of a former boyfriend (better yet, he dumped me to marry her!) At some point he was dating me and 'secretly' in contact with her. She was living in California and he was here in Raleigh. After he unceremoniously dumped me (because I was a 'big' girl and he couldn't handle it), I went to his house to get a few things I had there - and to my surprise, she was there, in his kitchen, making dinner!!!

    I still dispise him but she and I have become friends!

  • ChelsWCU1224 Nov 17, 2010

    I am friends with Ira David Wood (younger Ira) who is playing Scrooge this year! I can't believe he actually remembered me when I sent him the friend request...he was my valentine in 3rd grade :) It’s pretty cool to have been someone’s valentine who is famous now!

  • gbsncsu1 Nov 17, 2010

    i used to do a lot of martial arts training on my paperboy

  • PAINFREE Nov 17, 2010

    My most memorable paperboy grew up, graduated from State, and rose to be a supervisor at UPS. (Maybe higher; I haven't heard anything about him in a long time) His little brother took over for him, and the best of all, when they couldn't be there because of Boy Scout commitments, their mother delivered the papers. I love her to this day!!!

  • Twittyfan Nov 17, 2010

    I had a penpal from Kentucky in the 7th and 8th grade and I was on Facebook and I remembered her name after all these years and found her. We caught up one night and it seemed like we never lost contact. She could not beleive I remembered her and her family and her old address. I hope one day thanks to Facebook I can meet her.

  • kimwells Nov 17, 2010

    I would have to say the one that made me the happiest was reconnecting with an old elementary school friend on facebook that I had not seen since 6th grade. I moved from Louisiana to North Carolina the summer in between my 6th & 7th grade years and earlier this year, a friend from school found me on FB and we've been able to catch up - it has been great!!! I love FB for reconnecting with long lost friends & family members.

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