Meet Your Neighbor: Bill Rogers
Mail carrier says fall weather is just rightThis story is part of Meet Your Neighbor, a series designed to tell you something new about the people in your community. Participants are chosen at random for the interviews, in which we strive to share a portion of their lives with you, the reader. Look for this series the first Wednesday of each month. REED CITY — Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor hail, will keep Bill Rogers from delivering your mail. But a hot day will make him sweat a little more. Rogers lives in Paris and has been delivering mail for 28 years. From happy hellos to regular conversations with customers, Rogers said talking with people during his route in downtown Reed City is his favorite part of the job. From the time he was young, the United States Postal Service held a special place in his heart. Seeing the mailman’s smile brightened his day. Today, he works to brighten the day of others by delivering mail to Reed City business owners and residents with a cheerful attitude. The Herald Review took a walk with Rogers between deliveries to talk about how he started as a mail carrier, his daily routine and what he would do if he wasn’t in the postal business. HERALD REVIEW: How did you first get into the mail business? BILL ROGERS: I had a neighbor who was a mail carrier and he said that I should take the test and give it a try. I was working at Ferris (State University) at the time and I took the test and I started out back in 1985 in Grand Rapids and I transferred up this way. Now I’ve been here for 28 years. What is your favorite thing about being a mailman? ROGERS: The people. Talking to people. I get to know a lot of people. I deliver to downtown Reed City, all the way from the north end to the south end. (I deliver) on the main road (Upton Avenue) and three or four blocks on either side of it. What are the worst weather conditions you’ve ever had to deliver mail in? ROGERS: 100-degree temperatures. Winter doesn’t bother because I can dress for that. But you can only take so much off (in hot weather). What is your favorite season and why? ROGERS: Right now. Fall. I like it because the temperatures are just right and the colors are nice. What is your favorite childhood memory? ROGERS: Seeing the mailman. He just had a big smile on his face and I said ‘someday, I’d like to do that.’ I never thought I actually would. How early do you get up in the morning? ROGERS: Right now I’m up at about 6 a.m. I’m starting a little bit earlier than usual because I’m working extra hours. How late do you stay at work? ROGERS: 5 p.m. is usually what time I get out now, but normally it’s 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 a.m. That’s a normal day. What would you be doing if you weren’t a mailman? ROGERS: Farming, probably.