Early Sunday the world of listeners would miss one element on their wallpaper of incredible facts in story-lines. The radio plays reruns of Paul Harvey’s commentary best, the honor is there, even when Paul Harvey is not. The news yesterday spread like wild fire that “Paul Harvey dies at the age of 90”, as the world awaits the rest of the story. Many enjoyed this brilliant story teller of the daily events whether news or simple fact. My father was a larger than life fan of Paul Harvey. Before my father’s accident, he and I spent our time together listening, laughing, enjoying the angles drawn out by Harvey, including observing the intelligence within each story’s rap. Harvey knew how to connect the questionable dots without any dashes. But who was the man behind this curtain of independent news with views?
Paul Harvey Aurandt liked to share that he was raised in the radio newsrooms. Harvey became the announcer and program director at KVOO then other stations where he would reach the ears of inner America. But that isn’t all Harvey had done. Harvey also enlisted in the United States Army Air Force for over a year after he was at the location of Pearl Harbor when the Japanese plowed without notice. Harvey’s eyes have seen more than most can see in a lifetime. It was during the year of the Bi-Centennial when Harvey came alive, and here is the rest of the story.
May 10, 1976, ABC Radio Networks gave the world something new, The Rest of the Story by Mr. Harvey. Harvey would serve up an original dish for listeners that they would not soon forget. Harvey used his experience to share stories hidden deep. His son, a concert pianist, created and produced his father’s series. A great team as Paul Harvey would first say “Hello Americans, I’m Paul Harvey. You know what the news is, in a minute, you’re going to hear…the rest of the story.” Each ending listeners would hear “…Good day” in his incredible Fontaine type voice. One of the best things about Paul Harvey would be his responsible way to mingle those possibly offended. He would add “He would want us to mention his name…” then Paul would pause and continue to the next story. Some fought Harvey’s commentaries if they disagreed, but that didn’t stop Harvey from spelling it out. The award winning stories led Paul to a ripe age of 90, and then the world would learn that one of their most loved story tellers would pass away.
After being admitted to an Arizona hospital, Paul Harvey died. Many can agree with his son that America has lost a friend. The Bush family has always been under the microscope, but if you lift the lens, you may find them to have great taste in the corners of their shelves. Former President George W. Bush shared that his family is deeply saddened for the loss of Paul Harvey, for Harvey this would be an accomplishment and an honor. One must remember that George Bush sr. lived in the days of Paul Harvey. Fathers tend to pass down great lessons and memories to their children, in the same way my father had done.
There was a time when Americans would stretch their arms out for something new, and there he was bringing a smile after creating thought provoking tunnels in the back of the listening minds. A very well-known patriotic spirit with a whirlwind of subtle lines. As the days turn into nights and the news keeps rolling faster than rain, one can only hope that they possess the true value of Paul Harvey since Paul had a positive way of viewing unfolded events. Perhaps it’s never too late to catch the wave that may have been once missed since broadcast pioneer Paul Harvey lives on, even after Harvey’s death.
You can see more on Paul Harvey by going to his website http://www.abcrn.com/harvey/. If you wish to read his greatest, visit Amazon.com. “Now THAT’s the news…”