For those who are too young to appreciate this mans contribution to humanity he is known as being one of the greatest orators of the 20th Century. When his shows were aired people became attached to their radios trying not to miss a word. He created a tag line for his segments which also became iconic: “now you know the rest of the story.”
The following clip will provide you with a chance to share a bit of his history and his brilliance. For those of us who were born in the late 30’s and 40’s this may be an opportunity to hear, perhaps for the first time or once again, one of the most distinctive voices in the history of radio. No one could tell a story or give an account of any event like Paul Harvey could. There was no mistaking who we were listening to.
Paul Harvey, in my mind, represented all that was good and trustworthy about news reporters. Walter Cronkite was another. Harvey’s style suggested sincerity and his voice commanded trust. These are characteristics that seem to be sorely missing today. I wonder how Paul Harvey would have discussed and reported on some of the shenanigans going on around us today? To try and understand or grasp the depth of ignorance and dishonesty that is the U.S. political scene right now is nothing short of astounding and that’s not a good thing. Is this part of what Paul Harvey talked about back in 1965? You decide.
U-tube has several of his more famous recordings but I have included two of the most thought provoking and visionary segments of his time. I hope that you will take the time to listen to what he says.
I couldn’t decide which one has a greater message so I put them both up. They are only 2 1/2 minutes each–best 5 minutes you will spend in the next while.
Anyways, that’s how I see it.
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All the best, Jim
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