| 09 September 2010
As a graduate of HGHS class of 1942 I saw in the news notes the article about the Readers Digest. Thought you might find the following interesting:
About 1944 or so at Christmas time the Digest hired local ladies about six weeks before the holidays to come to the HQ and hand-sign the notices for people who were recipients of gift subscriptions so it felt as if they were getting a friendly greeting saying so and so has sent you a gift subscription. My mother and some neighbors went. I remember two of the ladies who my mother, Olive Kinne, rode with to the Digest over several fall and winter seasons to sign the cards—they were Bob Aylesworth's mother and Bobbie Brown's mother. They carpooled (gasoline was in short supply), worked the morning, had lunch there and worked a bit in the afternoon. They enjoyed it immensely and were "earning" a salary--as I remember it, occasionally one or two actually got a job working full time afterward.
I have lived in NJ for many years and did not come up to see the exhibit about the Readers Digest but Don Reynolds, a HGHS grad from a class near mine (1941)--sent me a note telling how great the exhibit was and I sent for some data and received a two-page summary with pictures of the originators of the magazine—I recognized several of the names listed of people who had sent in memories and saw Don's name and Alan Quinby as well. If you can include this in your website, some of my old time neighbors and friends might see my name and perhaps get in touch or at least know I am still alive and kicking,
The experts who thought the Digest would have a short life span couldn't have been more wrong, right? Best wishes to the historical society--you are doing a great job.