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Ode to Paul Harvey
"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 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's Legacy Lives on
- ABC news pays tribute to the man who worked his way up!
Paul Harvey started out as a teenager cleaning up at local radio station! Read about his incredible rise to success in this heartfelt article chronicling his career and life.
- CNN's Larry King interviews Paul Harvey
Transcript from the show. Originally aired January 30, 2003
- Great discussion by Paul Harvey on Mayberry. A Partial transcript
Paul Harvey News & Commentary Weekdays at 3:10PM and Saturday at 12:10PM on 600 WSJS. Partial transcript of Paul Harvey News & Commentary, Saturday, January 10, 1998. Finding the Way Back To Mayberry ..
- "Hello Americans!" Paul Harvey...Good Night!
Beautifully written column: Marc Fisher's "The Raw Fisher" from the Washington Post
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!"