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The truly classic Australian story of Tom Kruse - legendary mailman of the Birdsville Track. For the people who lived in the desert between Marree and Birdsville, contact with the outside world was hard and sporadic - but one man was their lifeline: Tom Kruse. For more than twenty years he was the connection with the outside world for the families, station workers and others who lived along the Birdsville Track. Tom delivered everything from the mail and newspapers to fuel and food - whole communities waited in anticipation for him to drop off their supplies. But it was a hard life, from regularly making running repairs to his truck to unloading and reloading tons of stores so that he could ferry his cargo across flooded creeks. Come sandhills, hell or high water, Tom Kruse kept faith with the locals up and down the Track. Tom was a real Australian hero - and no matter what happened, the mail always got through. 'Told with honesty and vigour' - Sydney Morning Herald 'A tribute to a man who earned the love of a whole generation of Australians and shows us that the pioneer characteristics of guts and good-natured stoicism are still beautiful' - The Age 'Full of characters' - Daily Telegraph
Romeo Stamps Devinely was a very proud, hardworking interoffice mailman who was just trying his very best to service the good people to distribute mail to worldwide corporate industries. Then one day, he found himself caught right up inside a very slanderous corporate co-conspiracy.
The mail must go through! And it does, in this humorous look at the real-life experiences of mailmen in a small Southern town that goes by the zip code 72058. Greenbrier, smack dab in the middle of Arkansas, offers a hotbed of short stories about mail delivery. “Neither rain, nor sleet, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds” is the unofficial motto of the U.S. Postal Service. But see what happens when the unexpected occurs! Chapters include stories about the variety of customers and their mailboxes; the kids, pets, critters, wildlife, and co-workers encountered; the responsibilities of the job; the difficulties of weather; and the heavy mail volume during holiday seasons. There are also descriptions of some of the “unique” mail that must be dealt with, such as live bees, broken juice bottles, and even addressed beach balls. Most stories come from mailman Jesse Lee Hatfield’s personal experiences, things that happened to his wife, Suzy, on her rural route, and from co-workers at the post office. The book is embellished with photographs, and written over a five-year span covering the 23 years that Jesse has been a carrier. Says the author, “Our small post office is just like any everyday business office, with one exception: Together, we know EVERYONE in town!”