Catalyst Delivery Boys Reed Young, Charlie Simon, and Isaac Salay find new family at Chick-Fil-A, criticize the authenticity of delivery boy movies, and ensure that your copy of The Catalyst arrives hot off the press every Friday

What is your year and major?

Isaac Salay: I am a senior, and Southwest Studies major.

Reed Young: I am a senior, and a Political Science major.

Charlie Simon: I’m a senior and I am majoring in History and Spanish. That’s a double major.

When was it you first knew you wanted to be a delivery boy?

CS: I was watching a highlight from the 2001 NBA Finals, where Allen Iverson stepped over Tyronn Lue’s feet after hitting a jumper on him, and I just knew from that moment onwards that I wanted to do that but with newspapers and basketballs.

RY: I agree with Charlie. We’re all in it together.

Describe your delivery mornings.

RY: Oh god. Well, we wake up. Isaac, you start because you’re the driver.

IS: [Charlie and I] drive over and pick up  Reed. We usually get there at about 6:55 a.m. Reed usually comes out at 7:05 a.m. Then we go up to Signature Offset.

RY: And the front door is always locked.

IS: Yeah and we go around. There is always this other dude picking up his Woodmen’s Times or something.

RY: And there’s like 35 other newspapers in [the building]. Like, tons of different kinds of companies.

CS: And then probably the most important part of the day, we go to Chick-Fil-A. Every single time.

IS: The people at Chick-Fil-A… we’re kinda like a big family now.

RY: I get a number 1 and a number 3.

IS: I get two number 1s.

paperboys_emiliawhitmer3CS: I like to switch it up. I love my chicken minis.

IS: We found out last week that they don’t do their frozen lemonade at 7 in the morning.

RY: No milkshakes at 7 a.m. And then we drive back to campus. Normally eat one of the sandwiches on the road, and then we deliver like half a stack in Worner.

CS: Yeah, and then we deliver all across campus and to a couple places downtown too.

What is the strangest thing that has happened on your delivery route?

IS: Nothing that interesting happens besides going to Chick-Fil-A.

CS: Sometimes the newspapers don’t show up at the print shop.

Do you think that movies accurately portray delivery boys?

IS: I think that delivery boys are always, like, 12-year-old boys on bicycles and that is kind of an inaccurate portrayal.

CS: I think the thing is, I’m not a delivery boy. I’m a delivery man. And, you know… they just… you can’t capture all the love we put into this in a movie.

IS: It really is real life.

What kind of news do you like?

RY: Newspapers and online reading. Politics and sports and culture.

IS: I agree.

CS: Newspapers?

If you could deliver any serialized publication what would it be?

RY: The Washington Post. Shout out the D.C., am I right?

CS: This is a hard question… I would deliver the National Inquirer. I would deliver either the National Inquirer or People and Us Weekly.

IS: The Catalyst.


paperboys_emiliawhitmer4What has been your favorite thing about senior year thus far?

IS: Living off campus.

CS: Chick-Fil-A.

RY: Having all your good friends in one neighborhood, and sitting on the porch.

CS: Otter Pops, I change my answer to Otter Pops.

IS: Cardinals being 3 and 0.

If you could redo one thing from freshmen year what would it be?

RY: Gone to less Sigma Chi Parties.

IS: Gotten involved with clubs sooner.

CS: Gotten a Venture Grant.

RY: Go on more full moon cruiser rides.

What are you looking forward to this year?

CS: The crippling indecision of doubt and debt, of not being able to find a job after graduating this year, and doing hood-rat things with my friends.

RY: Having a nice senior year and hanging out with friends.

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