The words “Home Edition” are just my homage to a dying newspaper industry. Growing up I was a paperboy for The Columbus Citizen-Journal, a morning paper that closed shop in 1985. The Columbus Dispatch which had been an afternoon paper then switched to the morning. There was much controversy over the closing of the CJ. You can read about it on Wikipedia.
I can still remember being 15 years old and getting up at two in the morning to deliver the paper. I was trying to earn enough money to go to a summer camp in Colorado. The deal with my father was that if it was below 20 degrees, he would take me around my route by car. Otherwise, it was me and my Schwinn Stingray bike.
I can’t believe I found a picture of this bike. Hat tip to Jims59.com for his Schwinn page. My Stingray had a 20″ coaster brake, a “sissy bar”, a banana seat (actually mine was white), and “monkey hanger” handle bars. Man did I think I was cool.
While The Madrigal Maniac will always be free, if you like the site you might consider donating to a cause that is very important to me.
House of Hope for Alcoholics, Inc.
825 Dennison Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43215
The mission of the House of Hope is to provide alcohol and drug abuse treatment services to those who are most in need so that they may reach their productive capacity, and enjoy those gifts of life that are only available in sobriety.