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And Now, The Rest of the Story…

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Paul Harvey is dead.

Paul Harvey, 90, a Chicago-based radio broadcaster whose authoritative baritone voice and distinctive staccato delivery attracted millions of daily listeners for more than half a century, died Feb. 28 in Phoenix.

…Mr. Harvey was the voice of the American heartland, offering to millions his trademark greeting: “Hello Americans! This is Paul Harvey. Stand by! For news!”

For millions, Paul Harvey in the morning or at noon was as much a part of daily routine as morning coffee.

“Paul Harvey News and Comment” was a distinctive blend of rip-and-read headline news, quirky feature stories and, usually, a quick congratulation to a couple who had been married for 75 years or so. The news stories, and Harvey’s distinctive take on them — usually, but not always, from a conservative political perspective — flowed seamlessly into commercial messages for products Mr. Harvey endorsed.

One of radio’s most effective pitchmen, he kept sponsors for decades, attracted by such features as “The Rest of the Story,” mesmerizing little tales, cleverly written, that featured a surprising O Henry-style twist to stories listeners thought they already knew.

I know now is “not the time” for anything but glowing remembrances and such, but I can’t resist offer my own bit of “The Rest of the Story,” since I remembered a post I wrote about Harvey. Besides, I’m not the only one.

Growing up in Augusta, GA, Paul Harvey was such a constant in Augusta that I thought he live there too.

As I grew up, I started listening more closely and picked up on Harvey’s politics and realized they were pretty far to the right. Not that it appeared to be a big secret. If it was, Harvey gave it away back in June of 2005.

One Comment

  1. You know, Terrance, I know you’re right … I can’t argue with what you’ve posted. Still, I’d take Harvey’s grandfatherly stories over the vitriol spewed by Limbaugh and Imus any day. There’s no doubt that he was a conservative, but at least in the early Eighties when I heard him, he seemed an affable one.

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