LOUISVILLE, Ky.(WHAS11)-- There are people we come across in our everyday lives, but we might not know much about. Maybe it’s your barista, mailman, or even the lady you see walking her dog every morning. We are more alike than we think, but it’s also good to celebrate our differences. So, WHAS11 decided to do something about that and start a new series called Five Questions.
Every week, we will ask someone in our community five questions about themselves, their experiences, and their outlook on life. It takes all kinds of kinds to make this world go round, and we want to start highlighting that for you. In this week's edition, we introduce you to a mailman who always packs an extra side of positivity when delivering packages. Here are his five answers and then some because the lovely internet gives us a bit more space to include a few more words of wisdom.
Jim “Bo” Warner started his job as a mailman back in 1974.
“I got out of the Navy in 1965, and I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my career because I’d been turned down as a police officer. I was too big to be a jockey. So, a friend of mine was a clerk downtown and he said you need to come work for the post office,” Warner said.
His family calls him Jim. His work family calls him Bo.
“In 1970s, I was very athletic. You can’t tell by looking at me now, but there was a great athlete by the name of Bo Jackson. They said man, you are Bo Jackson made over. So, they gave me the name Bo, and it stuck,” Werner said. “I go by both, and whatever.”
With more than four decades on the job and 74 years of life experience, Warner has played witness to history time and time again. Many moments made their mark on him, but none more than this.
“When John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, I was a sailor on board a tanker. That was probably the greatest event and the most saddest day of my life. I wept. He was a wonderful president. I was thousands and thousands of miles away. As far as our lives go, it was forever changed after that event,” Warner said.
Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night can keep this ray of sunshine from his route or recipients.
“All 407 customers to me are family,” Warner said. “The people on my route are my family. We have cried together, laughed together, we’ve been at the hospital together, funeral homes, and they don’t want me to retire. So, as long as the Lord gives me good health and I have the energy, I’m here to stay.”
He counts every day as a success, but what would he consider his biggest accomplishment?
“I drove a million miles, so I’m a member of the million miles club. I know that doesn’t make sense to a lot of people, but I was so proud of that. Now, it’s about a million and a half miles,” Warner said.
That's a whole lot of driving down, giving Warner a lot of time to think. If he could give everybody some advice, he'd offer these words of wisdom.
“The first thing that comes to my mind that would be better for the whole world obviously is to love and forgive and treat everybody the same. Race should not be an issue. You should love your brothers and sisters red, yellow, black, and white, regardless,” Warner said. “There will never be totally peace, but let’s just try to work on love and forgiving and try to get along where we can make this a better world.”
Warner makes it a point to show love and understanding to everyone he comes across, but what do people often get wrong about him?
“The one thing they don’t understand about me is that my enthusiasm is real. I enjoy what I do,” Warner said.
If he could have any job in the world, Warner said he’d stay put just where he’s been all these years.
“I would basically stay where I am because it’s not about money. They pay me to do what I love. It is crazy. That’s another reason I’ve been blessed because I can’t think of anything that I’d rather do than do what I’ve done the last 42 years,” Warner said. “Constantly, people asking me when I’m going to retire. Well, I don’t want to retire because this is what I enjoy. I get an adrenaline. This is a high for me. I’m 74-years-old on steroids. I try to tell the young people, you know, do your job with enthusiasm.”
This mailman has taken some of the roads most traveled, all while picking the less popular path.
“I live every day to the fullest, and I live for my savior, Lord Jesus Christ. Everything that I do, he blesses me with my health, my enthusiasm,” Warner said. “My goal while I’m on this earth is to have an impact, good whatever I can to whoever I come in contact with. I’ve been blessed. We have a 36-year-old daughter, our beloved Amanda. She’s in stage four cancer. It’s very emotional. She’s my hero.”
Warner hasn’t had the easiest life by any means, but he said he’ll keep living it to the fullest as long as the good Lord lets him.
“My final thing that I want to say is I want to stay, and I don’t want to walk away,” Warner said.
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