Amazingly, this is my 2nd “inspirational mailman” story in 2 days.
Yesterday I highlighted Westport’s George “Nooky” Powers.
Today it’s Mike the Mailman. You may not have heard of him, because he works at Penn State University.
Then again, you may have heard of him. If, that is, you were like Hedi Lieberman: snowed in, and watching “CBS Evening News.”
Mike Kerr is a much-loved postal worker in State College. He’s worked there for 38 years.
He was grand marshal of the Homecoming parade. One woman buys stamps when she doesn’t need them, just to see Mike.
So what does 16801 have to do with 06880?
“You really have no idea who you’re going to influence and when you’re going to influence them,” says Mike, who CBS’ Steve Hartman identified as “a high school teacher in Connecticut,” but who we know as both an outstanding Staples High School educator and the Wakeman Town Farm steward.
But let CBS Evening News take it from there:
(Mike Aitkenhead) got his master’s at Penn State, and although he didn’t know Mike the Mailman very well, years later, when he was awarded teacher of the year in his district, guess who he thanked for his success.
“The one person I’m always going to remember and probably taught me the most about life was actually Mike the Mailman,” Michael said in his speech.
“It was honestly his example that kind of taught me it’s not what you do in life, but it’s how you do it,” Michael says.
Now that’s something to write home about.