PSU news by
Penn State's student blog

Topics

About

Meet Penn State’s New Mailman Jim Frey

If you’ve visited the post office in the past month, you’ve noticed things are a little different. The face behind the counter, while friendly, isn’t the gray-haired, cookie-appreciating pseudo-celebrity we all know and love. With Mike “The Mailman” Herr officially enjoying retirement, there’s a new University Park mailman selling you stamps and shipping your packages.

Meet Jim Frey. Though he doesn’t officially have the gig yet, he’s in the running to take over as Penn State’s mailman.

“Right now the job is going out to bid for the most senior bidder,” Frey said. “So I’m here for anywhere between 30 and 120 days.”

Although there is no guarantee (yet) that Frey will permanently fill the role, he is in the running for the position at the University Park post office. “I’ve been in the post office for 20 years,” Frey said. “At the main office down on Fraser Street, I worked nights and worked the window part-time during the afternoon and weekends.”

While Frey is originally from Bellefonte, Dear Old State runs in the family: his wife works at Penn State and his sister is an alumna. His children also hope to spend their college careers at Penn State. “My wife works here and my kids plan on coming up here, so it would be nice for me to stay up here,” Frey said. “If my kids come up here, then we could go to lunch together.”

Although Frey doesn’t have the 48 years of experience that Mike the Mailman enjoyed, his experience working in university parcels at the Fraser Street post office allowed him to become familiar with campus and the different buildings.

SMB_Mailman (28 of 8)

“I keep saying I have big shoes to fill,” Frey said. “But if a 70-year old man can do it, I should be able to handle it.”

The adjustment from night shift to regular working hours has been difficult, but Frey prefers to stay busy while he’s on the clock. “I enjoy the students — they’re a challenge,” Frey said. “It’s a different atmosphere up here. So far, everybody’s been nice. They ask a lot of questions.”

Though Mike the Mailman’s 30-year Cookie of the Month contest may not live on, Frey won’t say no to a good cookie. “I’d go with chocolate chip,” Frey said when asked his favorite. “Nobody has brought me cookies yet, though. But I’m like the cookie monster — I eat anything.”

Coincidentally, he prefers ice cream. But luckily for us, Frey plans to continue Mike the Mailman’s witty banter with customers.

“For you, I’m running a discount because it’s Monday. It’s $9.40 for a book of 20,” Frey said to a student who was clearly unaware that a book of stamps always costs $9.40. He then offered a choice of Harry Potter, Charlie Brown, or flags stamps.

“I just want to make things easy,” Frey said.

Meeting Jim the Mailman was a pleasure, and I left the post office with a smile on my face and Elton John’s “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” fading out behind me. While there’s certainly no replacing Mike, Frey could be the one in the McAllister building sending your packages for the next 48 years.

About the Author

Elissa Hill

Elissa is a junior public relations major and the managing editor of Onward State. She is from Punxsutawney, PA [insert corny Bill Murray joke here] and considers herself an expert on all things ice cream. Send questions and comments via e-mail ([email protected]) and follow her on Twitter (@ElissaKHill) for more corny jokes.

Comments

More by Elissa

Penn State Approved For Medical Marijuana Clinical Research

“The research component of Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program sets it apart from the rest of the nation.”

Tim McGraw’s Brother Among Class Of 2018

Literal Dumpster Fire Lit Outside Sig Ep

Athletics

North Dakota Interested In Playing Against Penn State Hockey In Nashville

North Dakota is working towards an agreement that will see its hockey team play against Penn State in Nashville during the 2020-21 season.

Former Cal Swimmer Says She Emailed Sandy Barbour About Sexual Harassment Claims

Max Sauve Commits To Penn State Hockey

Penn State Women’s Volleyball Releases 2018 Schedule

Penn State Hoops Alumnus Joonas Suotamo’s Journey To Becoming Chewbacca Featured On ESPN’s ‘E:60’

Student Life

Penn State Love Stories: A Chance Meeting On A Service Trip

When Abby Wilt went on a service trip to Nassau, Bahamas, she had no idea she’d meet the love of her life.

10 Questions With 2019 Class Gift Director Tom Beeby

Career Services To Launch Integrated Career Management & Recruiting Platform

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

State Theatre Recognized As A State College Historic Site

As it approaches the 80th anniversary of its opening, the State Theatre has been recognized as a State College historic site.

Penn State Love Stories: A Chance Meeting On A Service Trip

When Abby Wilt went on a service trip to Nassau, Bahamas, she had no idea she’d meet the love of her life.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

10 Questions With 2019 Class Gift Director Tom Beeby

Tom Beeby will serve as the 2019 Class Gift Executive Director.

Send this to a friend