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Adams 86-Year-Old Moonlighting as Paperboy

Posted at: 12/24/2012 10:18 PM
Updated at: 12/24/2012 10:28 PM
By: David Springer

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- You may have seen him in the news recently, but we felt now is a good time to tell the story of Bud Schaefer from Adams.

You see, it was four years ago Tuesday that Schaefer received a gift from his children that gave the octogenarian a chance to turn back the clock.

We caught up with Bud Schaefer, a few weeks ago, getting ready for his job... as a paperboy.

"Paperboy, "says Schaefer. "That's why I'm doing it, (laugh)."

Most days, the 86-year-old delivers as many as 40 papers throughout the town of Adams.

"This is one thing I can look forward to. It gets me off my chair and I'm doing it."

And most days he does it from atop his bicycle.

"Well, it'll be 4 years this Christmas, the kids bought me this bike," he explains."This here's got 24 speeds in it, ya know."

"I just like to be around. I like to be doing something and I like the customers," he added.

Customers like Kendall Klaehn. 

"I've looked at how much Bud has changed since he started the paper route. He's got a lot more bounce in his step," says Klaehn. "Now it's actually fun watching him. He zips around in that bike like crazy.

His brother Pete doesn't seemed too concerned though.

"I think it's something he like to do and as long as he can still do it, I don't worry about him," says Pete.

"It's just amazing that he's doing it at his age," says Klaehn. "Maybe when he's ready to retire I'll be able to do it, (laugh)."

"I like it. I like it a lot. I'm not doing it for the money, I'll tell you that." "I just love doing it. That's it.

Schaefer has worked as a paperboy for more than two years and says he put 16-hundred miles on his bike the first year.

But when it gets too cold, he sometimes opts to deliver the paper from the warmer confines of his pickup truck.