Throwback: Singing newspaper salesman draws smiles and praise in downtown Indianapolis

Posted: 9:07 AM, Feb 07, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-07 09:11:16-05

INDIANAPOLIS — Newspaper stands and newspaper salesmen were once a common sight in downtown Indianapolis.

Former Channel 6 reporter Rick Sallinger spoke with one of Indy’s most upbeat newspaper salesmen in 1979.

David Kempler sang, danced and sold newspapers at the corner of Delaware and Market streets.

Kempler told Channel 6, “I want to be happy and enjoy myself. Keep smiling. Everybody keep smiling and you live longer too. I wish everybody was like that.”

His fans were numerous.

“I don’t know that much for his voice, but his merriment. It keeps him going, it keeps everybody else going,” said one man.

Another described Kempler by saying, “He’s the hippest dude in town. He’s the jolliest man in town. He needs to take Mayor Hudnut’s job.”

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