I was sad to see the obituary of Harry Hulsey, the longtime U.S. Postal Service clerk, in the newspaper ("A smile, a word and a first-class fellow," Aug. 26).

I was one of the many "groupies" who would let others go ahead of me in line so that I could be helped by Harry. He always had something positive and uplifting to say, and I knew that I would leave that place a happier person just by chatting with him.

He made me feel like I was the most important person in the world the couple of minutes I was there, so I didn't care if I had to wait in line longer than necessary. Many times when we read obituaries of people we know there seems to be an exaggeration here and there about the person. With Harry, everything that was said about him is absolutely true. I consider myself blessed by having interacted with him occasionally as his customer. What a simple yet powerful legacy that many of us who barely knew him still remember him years after he retired. His wife and children can be so proud of such a great human being. He will always be remembered by many. God bless him.

Bakersfield