Friday, June 3, 2011

Stan Whitty, a hands-on circulation director, dies

Stan Whitty, who ran the circulation departments at the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Marin Independent Journal and other newspapers during his career, died May 5 in Lompoc after a long illness. He was 64. The Press Democrat’s obit notes that Whitty wasn’t afraid to get his hands dirty, and when a carrier wouldn’t show up, he’d deliver the route himself. He was also known for his unique prizes for paperboys who signed up the most subscribers, said Darrell Bertacco, a circulation supervisor at the Press Democrat. One year, he promised to deliver the winning carrier’s route on Easter Sunday morning in a bunny suit. “And he did,” said Bertacco.

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