And that’s “The Rest of the Story” was usually toward the end of his broadcast, just that little kicker toward the end. Yet, Paul Harvey never, ever picked anything mundane, or at least to anyone interested in information.
“Paul Harvey was one of the most gifted and beloved broadcasters in our nation’s history,” said ABC Radio Networks President Jim Robinson in a statement released today. “As he delivered the news each day with his own unique style and commentary, his voice became a trusted friend in American households”.
He’d normally start them off with telling a story about the most common of common issues; “Just outside Philadelphia, in a very small town…I don’t know if it had a name or not…but there lived a pharmacist who was digging out his basement because the family was getting bigger…” After what seemed like a non-event turned into the founder of Hires Root Beer, stumbling upon the sarsaparilla roots (main ingredient of root beer) in that basement and started dispensing it to patients with stomach ailments. Normally once he’d got everything lined up he’d let you know who the story was about; albeit, John Wayne to General Custer!
Harvey, a Peabody Award-winning newsman, began broadcasting on the ABC Radio Networks in 1951 with “News and Comment.” In 1976 he launched “The Rest of the Story,” featuring human interest stories with surprise endings.
Harvey, who was born in Tulsa, Okla., started working at a local radio station at the suggestion of one of his high school teachers. He started out just helping clean up, but soon was on the air himself, filling in with reading the news or commercials. See things were different back then; the people listened to their teachers!
If there is anything that is Americana it would have to be Mr. Paul Harvey. America will never be able to pay him his worth for what he gave to this nation. It was President George Bush who awarded Paul Harvey with America’s highest civilian award, the Medal of Freedom, in November 2005.
Rest in peace, Paul, this nation owes you a debt of gratitude and we’ll miss you dearly! RIP