ANN ARBOR, MI — David Magee has delivered mail to thousands across Washtenaw County for nearly half a century with the United States Postal Service.
With almost 50 years of Christmas deliveries under his belt, he is turning in the keys to his Grumman LLV mail truck on Jan. 1, 2019.
Magee began his career with the postal service after a tour in Vietnam with the U.S. Army 173rd Infantry Brigade.
He’s worked five delivery routes in the course of his career.
Somewhat of an eclectic, Magee’s postal attire from his early days hangs atop one of the parcel crates surrounding his cubicle at the Ann Arbor Post Office on Stadium Boulevard.
Not to mention the standard-issue ash tray that clips on to his original canvas delivery bag.
“Oh that,” he said, clipping the ashtray to the counter. “That comes from the days when anyone would smoke.”
Magee’s career with the Ann Arbor Post Office dates back to a time when a mail carrier’s pay was just more than $8,000 a year. He still keeps the W-2 from his first year on the job.
With just a few weeks left on the USPS payroll, Magee is handling the rest of the 2018 holiday season behind the wheel.
He will have his hands full.