Reporting Stephanie Lucero
RICHARDSON (CBSDFW.COM) - Jimmy Foster has a friendly laugh and a lot of friends that he sees, at least once a week, while on his Richardson route as one of the last remaining milkmen in the country.
“No, I don’t want to talk about the Cowboys,” Foster told one of his customers.
The 74-year-old’s first day on the job as a milkman came on February 1, 1960, when he followed his father into the business. Foster said that he had no idea he would still be delivering dairy products 52 years later.
“He’s been going into my garage for 50 years,” said Ann Perryman, one of Foster’s customers. “I wouldn’t want anyone but a psychiatrist or a good friend to see what’s in my garage.”
Bob Scichili said that his friendship with Foster began about 40 years ago, during an ice storm. Scichili invited the milkman inside out of the cold for hot chocolate and lunch. After that long-ago Saturday, lunches became a weekly affair. “Our kids knew him from the time they were little babies and he went to every one of their weddings,” said Scichili.
“He’s almost like a Norman Rockwell type of guy.” Scichili added. “It’s a throwback. People look at us and say, ‘You still got a milkman?’ I say, ‘Yes, we do, and he’s a friend as well.’”
At the height of his residential delivery business, Foster explained, he had the keys to the homes of about 150 customers. He also memorized many of their security alarm codes. “That’s the reason I never took off all these years,” Foster said. “Six days a week, never had a day’s vacation except for Sunday.”
Foster said that he used to deliver milk and other products, like various flavors of ice cream, to about 700 families. But that was in the 1980s. Now, he delivery to about 85 homes.
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