Remembering E.T. Reyna, his work ethic
Editor, the Advocate:
I was saddened this morning, Jan. 19, to read of the death of my friend E.T. Reyna, but pleased that the story made the front page.
Your coverage of his work ethic was good, but didn't go back far enough. About 50 years ago, on any given Saturday or Sunday, E.T. could be found in front of the Victoria or Venus theatres in downtown Victoria with his homemade shoe-shine box, making his spending money.
A few years later, he could be found working for the Advocate, throwing the daily paper. Hid dad, Eddie Reyna, long-time movie booker for Frels Theaters, would drive him on his route.
The young businessman ordered a special device to make the job easier. It was a long metal cylinder, about three inches in diameter, and about three feet long. The rolled up newspaper would be inserted in the tube, which was then stuck out the car window, and a blast of compressed air would propel the newspaper into the customer's yard. All went well until his driver/father figured out the gadget was costing more for window and pot plant repairs than the job was paying.
Young Ed soon got out of the newspaper delivery business. And Eddie got to sleep a little later in the morning.
Eddie would be very proud of his son, known to so many in the community for his business and philanthropic endeavors. And I am proud to have been a friend.
Bob Nance, Victoria