Local man finds joy, satisfaction selling newspapers in cold weather


by Johnny Archer


Posted on November 24, 2013 at 11:06 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 25 at 1:00 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Every Sunday for the past 7 years, David Horton has sold Courier Journal newspapers at the same corner  at 7th and Broadway in Louisville.

He’s never missed a day since he started.

“Rain, sleet, snow, Jack Frost [or] hurricane I’m right out here,” he said.

Bundled in layers of clothes, two knit hats and a kerosene heater, Horton works in the 20 degree weather as he waits for his weekly regulars to buy a newspaper.

It’s 20 degrees below the average that it would be this time of year and if it doesn’t get about 34 degrees today, it will be the coldest November day in a decade.

“God spared me. Every Sunday morning I’m out here at my age bracket. I’m 62-years-old,” Horton said.

Every Sunday morning Horton wakes up at 1:30 beginning his 12-hour mission that he’s proud to carry out.

“If you want to come out here and make some money, you get up. If you don’t, you lay in bed. I’m not the person to lay in bed all day,” Horton said.

Even if that requires him to stand in freezing weather for hours on end.