The life of a singing telegram man

The life of a singing telegram man

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Local man keeps tradition alive
I've been playing the guitar since I was 8 years old, so you're talking about 50 years.

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John Spasaro has — there’s no other way to say this — an unusual job.

“Most people that do singing telegrams, I think, don’t bring a guitar. I think I’m one of the first ones,” he said.

In fact, delivering singing telegrams is his full time gig.

And he does it all.

Need a pink gorilla to wish your loved one a Happy Birthday?  John can do that.  He even does Elvis, but it’ll cost a few dollars more.

“Yeah, a little extra for Elvis.  I charge more for Elvis.”

But today, he’s helping Davion Sanders, a senior at John Marshall High School, ask his girlfriend to prom with a surprise visit to her classroom.  Dressed, of course, as the Easter Bunny and strumming “Brown Eyed Girl” on his guitar.

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To no surprise, she said yes.

After the performance out in the hallway, students play back the video on their smart phones.  Meanwhile, I catch up with the happy couple.  Dayja is a bit too overwhelmed to talk, but Davion is pretty pleased with himself.

“It was romantic,” he said.

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So where did he get the idea?

“Actually I told my mom about what I wanted to do, and at first it was way different.  But then she said you should get a singing telegram, and she looked it up for me.”

Click the player above to hear the singing telegram.