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Ode to Paul Harvey

Updated on December 14, 2014

"Hello Americans, I'm Paul Harvey"

We love the radio icon that was Paul Harvey: he was passionate and kind, entertaining, interesting, opinionated, and now that he has passed on, we remember him with love. Thank you Paul Harvey for your long career and for entertaining and inspiring so many generations. We will remember your stories, your commentary, your special flair for delivery. We loved you for so many reasons, and we will keep you close to our heart and remember you always. Here's to you , and the rest of your story. May it last for eternity!

3 things you should know about Paul Harvey

He had a highly syndicated radio commentary that lasted for many generations, with stories and interesting facts about all kinds of people, many of whom we would have never heard about were it not for his wisdom and willingness to spotlight the spectacular in everyday people.

We loved to listen to him talk, no matter the subject, simply because of his signature voice and delivery. He kept something alive about radio that lasted long after TV and the internet moved into the mainstream.

He was passionate and strong in character, invoking in many the hope and willingness to be good and kind. There was never a negative air to his words. He always left his listeners with a thoughtful smile.

Paul Earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom - Ironic Backstory

Paul Harvey - Presidential Medal of Freedom
Paul Harvey - Presidential Medal of Freedom

Paul Harvey was known as a conservative commentator. Though he was popular with most Americans, conservative or not. Early in his career, he did something that would be considered pretty radical, however, even by today's standards. It was his position that a nuclear test site outside the Chicago area was severely lacking in security. In his concern for public safety, he set out to prove how easy it was to get into the test site in a somewhat clandestine operation - by breaking in himself. He planned to scratch his name on items which could only be unique to the site. He was quickly caught, however. Although the U.S. Attorney sought to indict him for espionage, he was never charged with the incident.

It was many years later, in 2005, when President George W. Bush awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom. On receiving the honor, Mr. Harvey said "This is the highest honor I have received since 60-some years ago, when Angel said 'I do.'"

Paul Harvey's Letter from God

Paul Harvey Wrote as well as he spoke! - A few of his best works

Bill Stern's Colgate Sports Reel - Big Influence on Paul Harvey's Style - But first, Reel One!

Great writing, distinctive delivery - a storyteller with strategic pause... and a definite influence for "the rest of the story"

Hear Bill's Interview with the legendary Babe Ruth in the Video below:

Bill Stern's Sports Newsreel with Ted Williams

Paul Harvey Drive!

Paul Harvey Drive!
Paul Harvey Drive!

Paul Harvey's "The Testing Time" - From the 1960s, yet profoundly relevant today

Paul Harvey - The Rest of the Story

Besides reporting the news ("Stand by for NEWS!"), Paul Harvey had a fun program called "The Rest of the Story", which I loved! Some of you fellow Baby Boomers will surely remember it. But for those who don't, it was a lovely collection of stories, usually about a difficult childhood or overcoming some obstacle, and he would talk about them in the first person, never using their full name, until the very end of the show, when he would reveal what famous person or celebrity he was telling a story about. It was really inspiring to hear about some of these people, most of whom were people I (and I imagine many others) looked up to. Knowing that great people often came from humble beginnings, or had to overcome some tragic history in their lives, made me feel that I could accomplish anything. Paul Harvey was like that. He just had a way of making you feel good about yourself and about the world. At the end of these broadcasts, he always used his signature signoff: "And now you know....... the REST of the story!"

What are your favorite memories of Paul Harvey? - Did you listen to him on the radio growing up or have you just discovered him?

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      MarthaGiffen 5 years ago

      LOVE Paul Harvey!! Good research on your part. Have passed it along . . .

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      Kate Loving Shenk 5 years ago from Lancaster PA

      Yes people of my generation remember Paul Harvey well. Thanks for the tribute! ***Blessed***

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      Achim Thiemermann 8 years ago from Austin, Texas

      You have such an interesting collection of lenses, KK. A hearty SquidAngel Blessing for this one! :-)

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      Dianne Loomos 8 years ago

      I grew up listening to Paul Harvey. He was an institution and I will miss him.

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      JenOfChicago LM 8 years ago

      Great lens, brings back a lot of memories of listening to him. Please feel free to add to the Chicago group at

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      ChuckBartok 8 years ago

      His Straightforward Honesty helped me form my Definite Major Purpose.

      Paul was the same age as My Father, who recently passed, and the two of them, with their unwavering Spirit, have been role models for my exciting and rewarding life.

      I thank you for the Lens

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      It was a sad day indeed to hear the news of Paul Harvey's passing on. His contributions are too numerous to comprehend. He will surely be missed.

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      Laurel Johnson 8 years ago from Washington KS

      Hubby and I couldn't wait for noon to arrive so we could hear Paul Harvey's latest topics.

      While traveling from place to place, no matter where we were, we could always find him somewhere on the radio. His distinctive voice and sensible point of view will really be missed.

      When we heard Paul Harvey died, hubby said, "There's one man who is irreplaceable as far as I'm concerned."

      Thanks for this lens, KK. Lovely paean to a fine man and exceptional radio journalist.