I started reading the Wellington (New Zealand) Evening Post when I was about 10 years old. It was an afternoon paper, I think it hit the streets as early as 2pm but would be delivered to our house about 4. I’d go down the front path and get it out of the letterbox and spread it over the living room floor. The main thing I remember from that time was “Reports From The Olympic Games In Tokyo” in 1964, in which a New Zealand athlete Peter Snell won TWO, count ’em, gold medals in the 800 and 1500 meters. I was quite obsessed with times, stats etc and could quote all sorts of world records. Also in the entertainment/cinema section at the back of the paper were several mentions of The Beatles, this was before AHDN came out so they must have been newsreel footage.
The other thing I remember reading, again, prone on the living room floor, was the accounts of the Moors murders. I was utterly horrified that one human being could be so cruel. It was actually Parental Guidance Recommended material really, but because it was “news” it was available for anyone to read.
I still like “reading the paper” We subscribe to the Sydney Morning Herald print edition and I peruse it over breakfast every morning, occasionally do the crossword and Kenken.
What are your early memories of newspapers?