NPR tells mail jumpers' story
LAKE GENEVA--It's an irresistibly interesting job—jumping from a moving boat onto a pier to quickly stuff letters in a dockside mailbox before leaping back aboard that still moving boat. Mail jumpers on the Lake Geneva Cruise Line's mail boat make the news almost every year. This summer, Milwaukee's WTMJ-TV did a report on mail jumper tryouts, NBC news did a segment, and this week, WUWM, a Milwaukee NPR station included jumpers on its series on more unusual jobs.
The report featured Harold Friestad, vice president and general manager of the cruise line, a lakeshore resident who gets his mail delivered by boat, and mail jumper Garrett Robers, who will be a senior this fall at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Robers discussed his technique and the difficulties, but says he's never met a mail jumper who didn't appreciate the thrill of the experience.