Celebrating Mike the Mailman

April 1, 2016 at 12:53 pm 2 comments

Today is Mike Herr’s final day at Penn State. It’s the 48th anniversary of his first day at work as an employee of the United States Postal Service, plus there’s something poetic about someone as fun as Mike retiring on April Fool’s Day.

We thought it would be fun to highlight a few videos that tell the story of everyone’s favorite mailman. At the top of this post is a video from WPSU, which examined Mike’s legendary wit and lightheartedness. It also tells the story of how people on campus rallied behind Mike in 2000 when he was forced to remove the various signs and pictures that he hung on the walls of the post office.

Next up is a video that Onward State produced. This video features Mike talking about things like his first day at the on-campus post office, his amazement over the response to his retirement, and how Penn Staters recognize him everywhere.

Finally, Penn State released a video in which, among other things, Mike gave some background on his cookie of the month contest. He explains the rules, reveals a secret about the contest, and says that it’s caused him to gain four whole pounds in 40 years.

Do take a few minutes to watch all of these, and make sure you look for a story on Mike in our May/June issue.

Bill DiFilippo, online editor

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  • 1. D.W. Hirsch  |  April 1, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    Mike was part of my undergrad experience at PSU. I bought stamps from him all the time. He was a staple: walk into the PO and there he was. Mike, you will be missed. –Diana

  • […] friendly face of the campus post office for nearly 50 years. He retired in April, but before his last day on the job we were able to photograph him at work and, of course, at play. You’ll find his story […]

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