The Mail

Back Next

According to former California senator Alan Cranston, a meeting was held in 1976 during which Winton Blount, then Postmaster general, called together the top-level executives of the postal service to discuss the problems of mail delivery.

“I’ve been listening patiently for three hours,” Blount finally exclaimed in exasperation, “and all I want is a simple answer to a simple question:

“If it is neither snow nor rain nor heat for gloom of night that stays the couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds, then precisely what is the trouble?”