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Reporter Bob Pool, retiring after 50 years, covered the quirks of a metropolis
Reporter Bob Pool, retiring after 50 years, covered the quirks of a metropolis

In July of 1985, L.A. Times reporter Bob Pool was motoring through Reseda when he spotted a potential story. To be honest, it didn't have a lot going for it. A mail carrier, working her route on foot, appeared to be quite pregnant. That's it. No editor would assign such a story. No reporter would volunteer. But this was Bob Pool, who had a good eye and nimble fingers, and his secret weapons were natural curiosity and a flair for puns. Pool parked his car and walked the route with the mail carrier, whose baby was due in a few weeks. She was hoping for a boy, she told him, and Pool learned that her colleagues helped out by taking her heaviest parcels off her hands. On Tampa...

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