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FAMILY SPREADS NEWS IN OREM WITH ENERGY OF AN INVASION FORCE

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To commemorate International Newspaper Carrier Week, Oct. 6-12, the Deseret News is profiling seven newspaper carriers - one each day.

Chosen from nearly 1,500 carriers, these seven individuals or groups were nominated by their area managers because they exemplify the best the Deseret News carrier staff has to offer.The theme for this year's Carrier Week observance is: "The Ones To Count On, Time After Time." OREM - Like a massive army rolling over mountains and hills, the Mangum family attacks the city on a daily basis. But the Mangums aren't Marines and they don't carry guns. They carry newspapers.

For Mark, 18, Rick, 16, Wayne, 15, Ivan, 14, Angela, 12, Camille, 11, Terry, 10, Brian, 8, and their mother, Marcia, delivering papers is practically a way of life, as well as a family business.

The Mangums have been canvassing northwest Orem for eight years and at one time had as many as four routes to cover, though they now "only" have two. As a rule, each child sees his first action at age 8.

"I was 7," Brian said.

"Yeah, but we only gave you three papers," the rest reminded him.

They work as a team, with the four younger children tackling the weekdays on bikes and the rest handling the weekends by car. But just because they have a system doesn't mean there aren't plenty of challenges and adventures.

For instance, Brian once jumped hurriedly into the family van to escape a fast-approaching dog, only to have the dog leap into the van with him.

Another time, Wayne was bitten by a dog he describes as "this big," with his hand at least 3 feet off the floor. The size, however, is in question.

"It was just a poodle," Mark said.

Cycling can be hazardous, too. Angie once flipped her bike when the pedal caught on the newspaper bag, and Terry laughs as she tells about her collision.

"I wasn't watching and I ran into a truck," she said.

Watch out for Angie because she also has a tendency to throw papers on the roof. When that happens, Marcia said, they just go get another paper. But what about the one on the roof? "When it rains, it falls off," Wayne said.

The money earned, except for personal tips, is used to buy groceries, pay for family outings and support the family's love of sports, like soccer, football and cross-country skiing.

No one complains about the financial arrangement, and few say it's too much work, though they all agree that it's often a sacrifice to deliver papers when they could be playing.

"I think it's hard on them to come home at 4 and do it and be on their way to a soccer practice," Marcia said. "But I think they like it for the most part."

- Darrin Lythgoe