NORMAN — It all began with some fatherly advice and a subconscious spark that would cultivate a love for writing.
With a bike underneath him and newspapers beside him, Doug Feaver, a former editor at the Washington Post, began his career in news by delivering papers as an elementary school student.
“My dad thought it would be a good idea for me to start making some money,” Feaver said.
As a growing boy, Feaver said this is a move tackled by most fathers in the early stages of their son’s lives. His father, a former pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Norman, soon put him in contact with The Norman Transcript staffers who gave him his own route.
Feaver’s domain was Route 14, which cut through the rapidly expanding Norman neighborhoods along Santa Fe and Jenkins. Homes near the University of Oklahoma campus were booming with families, he said, which grew into a very profitable area to sell newspapers.
“Boy, did that turn out to be a money maker,” Feaver said. “Norman was just beginning to take off.”
Every weekday and Sunday, Feaver would travel from house to house, collecting money and distributing the news. Feaver was among 51 other Transcript carriers in 1955, including his brother, Edward Feaver, and cousin, John Feaver.
As Feaver transitioned from elementary to junior high, he cultivated his business skills with the opportunity to learn about selling newspapers and meeting people in his community.
“It was a good job,” Feaver said. “And it was an education in a lot of ways.”
Junior high brought an important career step for the young, ambitious Feaver, where he began collecting baseball scores for the sports section. Sports writing followed him through to his junior year of high school, when he began contributing to The Norman Transcript covering high school sports.