- - Monday, April 17, 2017


I have in my possession a copy of the Aug. 14, 1945, edition of The Washington Star announcing the end of World War II. Its original cost: five cents. The Sunday papers at that time, as I recall, cost 10 cents. Gasoline cost 12 cents per gallon, and a loaf of Wonder Bread, 10 cents (“D.C. minimum wage hike to result in job losses, higher pay going to suburban workers,” Web, March 23).

My first job, aside from delivering newspapers, was hustling bicycles at a rental facility on Hains Point in Washington. It paid me 35 cents per hour (not bad for a 15-year-old), and taught me how to manage my money, a skill that has served me well for the past 75 years.

How times have changed.


Annapolis, Md.



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