Why US Postal Service Is a Breeding Ground for CelebritiesJohn Sanders
Several individuals who have worked for government agencies have fame and success in various industries like music, acting, and many others.
A few examples include Clara Barton, who worked as a clerk in the United States Patent and Trademark Office. During WWII, Julia Child worked for the Office of Strategic Services, the predecessor of the CIA. Walt Whitman held positions in the Army Paymaster’s Office, the Treasury Department, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
On the other hand, the US Postal Service is the only organization capable of launching superstars. The USPS historian has produced a long list of persons who worked for the postal service before becoming famous as actors, authors, musicians, politicians, and others.
Some of them include:
● Abraham Lincoln: U.S. President. Postmaster, New Salem, Ill., 1833-1836
● Charles Lindbergh: Aviator. Airmail pilot, 1926-1927
● Bing Crosby: Singer, actor. Clerk, Spokane, Wash.,1921
● John Prine: Singer, songwriter. Letter carrier, Maywood, Ill., 1964-1969
● Knute Rockne: Football coach. Clerk, Chicago, 1907-1910
● Steve Carell: Actor, comedian. Rural letter carrier, Littleton, Mass., 1985
● Conrad Hilton: Hotel magnate. Postmaster, San Antonio, N.M., 1910-1911
● Walt Disney: Film producer, theme park creator. Substitute carrier, Chicago, and Christmas temporary, Kansas City, Mo., 1918, 1919
● William Faulkner: Novelist. Postmaster, University, Miss., 1921-1924
● Brittany Howard: Singer, Alabama Shakes. Rural carrier assistant, Athens, Ala., 2011
● Rock Hudson: Actor. Substitute letter carrier, Winnetka, Ill., circa 1947
● Adlai Stevenson: U.S. Vice President. The first assistant postmaster general, 1885-1889
● Harry Truman: U.S. President. Postmaster, Grandview, Mo., 1914-1915
● Benjamin Franklin: Statesman, inventor, printer. Postmaster General, 1775-1776
● Sherman Hemsley: Actor. Clerk, Philadelphia and New York, 1960s
● Samuel Morse: Inventor. Superintendent, Telegraph Unit, 1845-1846
● Noah Webster: Lexicographer. Special agent, 1793
● Richard Wright: Author. Substitute clerk, Chicago, 1929-1932
What is it about the postal service that it is a breeding ground for celebrities?
Why is it that the Postal Service is such a hotbed for celebrities? For starters, it employs a large number of individuals. According to math, some of the millions of people who have worked for the agency throughout the years will achieve fame and fortune in the public spotlight.
Many postal jobs are designed so that workers may keep their brains occupied with creative thinking while still getting their tasks done. After graduating from high school, John Prine, persuaded to join the Postal Service by his brother, penned some of his most famous songs while working as a letter carrier on a long route in a suburban Chicago neighborhood.
Prine was an admitted failure when it came to his work on the mail route. Even while most other carriers concluded their scheduled rounds by 3:30 pm, he was often out delivering mail into the wee hours of the morning.
When Steve Carell worked as a mail carrier in Massachusetts for a short period, he similarly took his time finishing his route. However, this was since he would leave handwritten answers to youngsters who had written to Santa Claus.