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How crazy is it here in the mailroom this time of year?

I absolutely love it. I welcome this time of year. It’s an establishment that boosts morale continually. We’ve got a lot of people over here helping us out. The civilians here are permanent party. The soldiers you see here are on extra duty.

Could it be done without the extra help?

Of course not. If you would have come by here this morning, you’d have been like “What in the?” You could barely move around. There was a ton of mail. Last week alone, we had over 900 pieces of accountable mail, 900 boxes.

And accountable mail is?

Certified mail, registered mail, express mail, insured mail. Stuff that your mom might send to your kids that she wants to make sure you get.

You guys must be putting in long hours, right?

Once the door closes at 6 o’clock, we still have two hours of processing mail, but you know, it’s good. It’s all good. We welcome it. We really do. I like to see it happen like this. I like to see people get along. I like to see everybody come in all happy getting their mail, getting that child’s Christmas gift. That’s why I don’t mind being here until Santa stops riding on Christmas Eve.

Now I heard you have a background in sports. Tell me about that.

I worked at Delaware State University at the basketball program there. I also work at Ramstein High School as an assistant coach with the boys’ varsity basketball team … I’ve been more or less assisting with the defensive scheme. I’m a defense guru. That’s my passion - high school boys’ basketball.

When you were on the staff at Delaware State, I heard the team had a chance to play against Duke. What was that like?

We played them at Greensboro (N.C.) Arena three years ago. Our team made the NCAA tournament. We won the MEAC (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) Championship; that’s where this ring comes from. We won it three years in a row. It’s a historical black college in Dover, Delaware. To make a long story short, the coach and I played ball together growing up. My wife and I have been all over the world and hadn’t seen this guy since 1977 when we graduated from high school. We just happened to get stationed in Dover … Immediately he introduced me to the staff and put me on the bench with them … I was in charge of the kids going to school. I was like the liaison between the coach staff and the administration. Collectively, our team went from like a 2.10 GPA to - when I left there - we were right at a 3.0.

How’d the Duke game turn out?

Shelden Williams beat us. We shut down J.J. Reddick. J.J. Reddick had seven points. I think five of them were from the free-throw line.

Interview by Steve Mraz. Know someone whose accomplishments, talents, job, hobby, volunteer work, awards or good deeds qualify them for 15 minutes of fame? How about someone whose claim to glory is a bit out of the ordinary — even, dare we say, oddball? Send the person’s name and contact information to: news@estripes.osd.mil

Lewis Lott

Title: Supervisor

Job: Supervisor at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center’s mailroom; assistant basketball coach at Ramstein High School.

Europe readers: Know someone whose accomplishments, talents, job, hobby, volunteer work, awards or good deeds qualify them for 15 minutes of fame? How about someone whose claim to glory is a bit out of the ordinary — even, dare we say, oddball? Send the person’s name and contact information to: news@estripes.osd.mil.

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