BEFORE the internet, before television and before the radio, there was only one way to get your fix of news, entertainment and sport and that was in the pages of a newspaper.
Former owner, manager and editor of the Queanbeyan Age Jim Woods, 99, knows all too well about the public's thirst for news.
From 1958 to 1994, he made sure the town's paper was written, edited, printed and delivered before 6pm.
And if the town's people hadn't got their hands on a paper, he was sure to hear about it.
"The newspaper was like a Bible to most people, they just had to have it," he said.
"We had to have all the papers delivered before 6 o'clock. I had 42 paper boys. I had them lined up the back with their bikes and if we were late they would yell out, 'we're going on strike!'.
"[My son] Bob used to take half a dozen papers home and so did I. Before 6 o'clock, we would get calls and people told us 'we didn't get our paper, the paperboy missed us' so off we'd go and deliver the paper for them.
"They just had to have it that night."
Mr Woods said it was through the power of the press that local journalists were able to shape some of the biggest issues in the town.
They championed the establishment of a historical society, a museum and helped organisations like the Smith Family thrive.
While their opposition helped save the Tree of Knowledge that still remains standing on the corner of Monaro Street and Crawford Street.
"The paper was part of the town and the town was part of the paper, whichever way you would like to have it. The paper had to grow with the town and we did," Mr Woods said.
"Anything that was for the benefit of the town we were behind it and if we didn't think it was best for the town then we were against it.
"Let me say this, the paper played a very important part in the growth of the town. I know there are things that we started here, plenty of them...
"All the things we fought were sensible but we didn't win them all," he said.
Mr Woods' introduction to the world of news was as a humble paper boy for the Temora Independent. He signed on as an apprentice and stayed there for 22 years.
He later moved to Crookwell and managed the Cooma-Monaro Express, The Braidwood Dispatch, and Crookwell Gazette before going in to partnership with the Bradley brothers to purchase The Queanbeyan Age.
Back then the Queanbeyan Age was published twice a week and consisted of just four pages.
Before Mr Woods sold the paper in 1994, the Queanbeyan Age was published as a tri-weekly.
"People want their local district news. They want to know what's going on: the weddings, the obituaries, what's coming up, that's important," he said.
"You have to give people what they want, not what you think they want."