Written by Harry W. Evans
All are familiar with the famous statement made by Winston Churchill as he paid tribute to the Royal Air Force when speaking to the House of Commons, “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.”
Somehow I am reminded of this famous comment when researching and reading material pertaining to Clarence W. Bevinger.
His friends and associates knew him as “Bev.” no one who knew him could say anything but something good about him. He was a gentleman personified and lived by the adage a man’s word is his bond.
His entire life was spent in the circulation industry. He started at the age of 18 and spent the next 47 years contributing and upgrading the image of this all-important department. He was known and respected by leaders in all areas of the newspaper field - editors, publishers, etc.
Bev, the Dean of Circulation personnel, had a unique concern for youth newspaper carriers, His sound counsel, guidance and judgement were sought by people of all ages throughout the country.
Clarence Bevinger was a Board Member of the SCMA. He never had aspirations of serving as an officer; however, his contributions to the association were immeasurable. He served many years as Chairman of the By-Laws, Rules and Regulations Committee. One of his most tangible contribution was composing the Newspaper-Boy Carrier Handbook.