Loved the paper boy bonus episode, Ferg! My mom wouldn't let me have a paper route in the late 80s/early 90s because she was paranoid after that kid Johnny Gosch got abducted in the early 80s while on his paper route. I always wanted to do it, but she absolutely refused because of him getting kidnapped. I don't know if it was added paranoia because Gosch got abducted in Iowa, and we also lived in Iowa (albeit, 3 hours away from where he was taken).
Seems like the early 80s is when perception and overprotection of children started to happen across the nation. Besides Gosch (which you can read up on him on Wikipedia if you don't know his story), this also around the time Adam Walsh was abducted and murdered.
Sorry for the downer of the post, but just thought I would tell you why I was never allowed to have my own paper route and hearing you talk about it reminded me about those times.
Post by fergojisan on Apr 20, 2017 10:29:24 GMT -5
Wow, that is a weird story. I think I may have been vaguely aware of that, I was delivering papers the same time this happened. I remember Adam Walsh, there was a TV movie about it that I watched. Also Etan Patz, which I believe was just wrapped up recently. And I was actually reading the paper too, so that may have been how I found out about it. The year before was the 10th anniversary of the John List killings, which was close to where I lived and a big deal in the newspapers that year. He killed his whole family and left; he set it up so no one found them for a month. He wasn't caught until the late 80s I think. He was our boogeyman back then, but of course he was long gone. But I found out about it because of the newspaper.
If it wasn't for disappointment, I wouldn't have any appointments.