AFTER 47 YEARS, U-T SAYS GOODBYE TO COMPANY STALWART
BY PETER ROWE
Since 1970, newspapers have experienced massive changes: online editions, digital photography, the death of most afternoon papers.
There’s been at least one constant, though: Dave Cramer has helped deliver papers to San Diego County subscribers.
On Sunday, Cramer concluded his 47-year-plus career at The San Diego Union- Tribune and its predecessor, The San Diego Union.
The company’s longest tenured employee, Cramer began at the Union on June 22, 1970. His initial duties included answering the phone, taking new subscriptions and cancellations, as well as addressing complaints.
He rose through the ranks and is now circulation field support coordinator, working with contractors who oversee newspaper carriers.
His longevity is rare, especially when you add his two years as an Evening Tribune paperboy. In 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor calculated that the median tenure of workers at their current company was a mere 4.2 years.
Cramer has no regrets: “About 90 percent of the time, I enjoyed my job.”
Married and the father of two grown children, Cramer plans to travel— the couple has visited all 50 states — and volunteer for the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society.
Dave Cramer holds up a copy of the paper from his first day of work for The San Diego Union-Tribune.
ALEJANDRO TAMAYO U-T