HR Strange But True!
May 21, 2004

Bill Sender has been a UPS driver for 42 years. In all that time, he's had just two fender-benders. In fact, his driving record is so good he's had to give away some of the safety prizes bestowed on him--he simply doesn't have room for them all.

Two of the prizes were big TV sets. One went to his son, the other to his daughter.

Spender now drives a big rig for UPS, on California's interstate highways. But in a Los Angeles Times profile, he recounted his stint as a delivery truck driver in Beverly Hills, delivering packages to the stars. He got the route in 1962, because a driver with seniority over him wanted something with better parking.

"Peggy Lee was very nice, very friendly," Spender told the Times. "Randolph Scott, he was friendly. James Stewart, friendly. They didn't treat you just like a guy who was delivering something and not worth saying hello to."

Not so friendly, according to Spender, were Barbra Streisand and Liza Minelli. "They'd be getting their nails done and you'd hold the elevator door open for them and they wouldn't even look at you. They'd never thank you."

Source: Los Angeles Times (May require registration)

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