Neither Rain, Nor Snow, Nor Searing Heat …
On a trip last week to the Berkshires, this roving reporter came across a monument to content distribution in an earlier age. The Newsboy Statue and Fountain in Great Barrington, Mass. honors the intrepid town criers of yesteryear—those young headline hawkers (why weren't they in school?) who stood on street corners announcing the important news of the day. (They're currently being celebrated on Broadway in the musical Newsies.)
Colonel William L. Brown, a New York state senator and part-owner of the New York Daily News, had the monument erected in Great Barrington, where he kept a summer home, in 1895.
"It was Colonel Brown's wish to create a lasting monument honoring hard-working newspaper carriers," the plaque reads. We might especially remember their efforts during this week's summer heat wave in the Northeast.