Sunday Spotlight: Selling newspapers, dreaming of space

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Posted: Saturday, July 12, 2014 7:00 pm | Updated: 12:07 am, Sun Jul 13, 2014.

In his head, he’s designing rockets.

Robert J. Salkeld has sold copies of The Santa Fe New Mexican at the corner of Alameda Street and Don Gaspar Avenue since Sept. 23, 1991.

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  • Joseph Sanchez posted at 10:26 pm on Thu, Jul 17, 2014.

    Joseph Sanchez Posts: 3

    [beam] That’s quite an interesting story about him! We need to hear more positive stories about our locals, it lifts up the spirit! I’ve seen Robert on that corner for years and didn’t know anything about his wonderful past; he’s a quiet man and not much for words! I like him he’s a real cool man!
    Wish him well!

  • Peter Neal posted at 11:45 am on Thu, Jul 17, 2014.

    PeterNeal Posts: 282

    A good example of why people shouldn't judge others based on appearance/ job choice/ education, etc. Unfortunately too many place too much value on such considerations, and not enough on character, personality, and integrity.

  • Pierce Knolls posted at 8:06 am on Thu, Jul 17, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1657

    Seems like an interesting person and a nice guy. It's too bad that the New Mexican doesn't think he deserves to be paid the Living Wage.

  • Stephen Fox posted at 6:57 am on Mon, Jul 14, 2014.

    stephenfox Posts: 6

    Thank you Staci! I think the Santa Fe Institute should offer Bob a chance to lecture. The hall would be full, and if it touched on the lives that could have been saved with his designs for the shuttle, instead of what was used, it would shake up much of the technological world, for sure! Bravo, Bob!

  • Diane Senior posted at 9:01 am on Sun, Jul 13, 2014.

    dsenior Posts: 27

    What a fascinating story -- thank you for sharing it. I've often wondered about lives of the folks I see selling papers but I don't think I ever would have imagined one like this!

  • Tomas Moore posted at 8:36 am on Sun, Jul 13, 2014.

    TomasMas Posts: 28

    Thank you Staci and the New Mexican for this article on this amazing gentleman! People often discount him as an old man who just sells papers but he is so much more and I am happy you put his story out there! I too, always pay him at least double for a paper!

  • Carlos Guthrie posted at 7:33 am on Sun, Jul 13, 2014.

    CarlosG Posts: 32

    A nice man to buy my paper from. Since we know he can't make a lot of money doing this we always at least double the price of the paper.


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