March 1, 2009

Sunday on LKL: Remembering Paul Harvey

Posted: 03:01 PM ET

Paul Harvey received the Medal of Freedom from President Bush in 2005.

Tonight we're replaying Larry's 2003 interview with Paul Harvey.  I was fortunate enough to produce that show, and meet Mr. Harvey in the process.  We spent a day with him in Chicago.  It was a special day.

It began long before I'm used to starting my day.  I'm not a morning person, and when I walked into Mr. Harvey's studios I was blurry eyed and just not with it.  I can't recall if it was 5 or 6 a.m., but I didn't think there was enough coffee in Chicago to wake me up.  We were sitting in a conference room when I head a booming, and very familiar voice say  "Good Morning Americans."  Needless to say, that woke me up.

Mr. Harvey was wearing a shirt and tie, and a baby blue light jacket with the old ABC logo on it.  I think the jacket was older than me.  I learned later Mr. Harvey wore that jacket for his early broadcast.  He changed for the later broadcast and wore a jacket.  Larry has a fun exchange during the show about his attire so I won't go more into that here.

A lot of what we shot that day you'll see on tonight's LKL.  What you won't see is how kind and genuine Paul Harvey was to us.  Or the sense of family that existed in his Chicago office.  Or the true dedication he had to his profession.  He was one of a kind.  He really did use an old typewriter.  He really did love his country.  He really was a kind, decent human being who treasured family above all else.  He really was an icon and a legend.

Many people will remember Paul Harvey for his soothing voice, and wonderful radio programs.  But I will remember Paul Harvey from the day I was lucky enough to spend with him.  It was a good day.

- Michael Watts / LKL Supervising Producer

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Paul Kennedy   March 1st, 2009 8:39 pm ET

I found it interesting that on the same week that some major newspapers have closed shop the man who some would say was one of the founding fathers of the news business passes......we will surely miss his "rest of the story' pieces and his unforgettable voice ....the world has lost a true icon of America....maybe even a national treasure........

Barragans   March 1st, 2009 9:06 pm ET

We all have lost a dear friend and someone we all relied on for our daily news and the rest of the story. I remember listening to Paul Harvey at our ranch in California as I was growing up sitting with my "Papa" and learning about our world. Things will never be the same. We have lost a part of America.

John Fuller   March 1st, 2009 9:08 pm ET

I'm 10 years younger than Paul was, but I've enjoyed many, many years following him on the air. I hope Paul, Jr. can equal his expertise - his dad left big shoes to fill!

Mike De Anda   March 1st, 2009 9:09 pm ET

I am 33 years old and I grew up listening to Paul Harvey as did many other people. I remember in 2nd grade my grandfather had him on every morning. To this day I still listened to him, even if I was in my car surfing the channels, no matter what time of the day or what mood I was in I would take a moment to listen to his news. May god bless. Rest in peace Paul.

Mike D.
New Market, IA

janette tx   March 1st, 2009 9:11 pm ET

Paul Harvey was about facts not hype and one of
the most respected in his field which is why he
lasted through generations.Good Day Mr. Havey!!!

Bill DeLoach   March 1st, 2009 9:12 pm ET

A legend has passed. We listened to Paul Harvey every morning in the 1960's while riding to school in a 62 Dodge Pickup with only an AM radio.
My favorite saying of his: Good morning Americans, its Friday ! What a man. What a legacy. Bless his family.

Rob P   March 1st, 2009 9:14 pm ET

One of the snippets from Paul Harvey that my Dad used to recount was a story about a large Pot seizure by the government. "The pot was sent ablaze on a barge out to sea and as a flock of birds flew over head there was not a Tern unstoned". A classic from likely around 20 years ago.

Sandy Goodman   March 1st, 2009 9:17 pm ET

I, as many Americans, grew up listening to Paul Harvey. We did not have lunch served at school. I was in kindergarten, my sister in second grade. We walked home for lunch and my dad would greet us with grilled cheese sandwiches, tomato soup and Paul Harvey. I have many fond memories of Paul Harvey and his stories. He is an American icon and a friend to me. Along with Walter Cronkite, a voice I knew I could trust.

Jody   March 1st, 2009 9:18 pm ET

Many years ago my Grandfather, JB , John Barlow, was Paul's next door neighbor in River Forest. JB was mowing his lawn one day and Paul told him not to because Paul was having a party-well JB went inside, put on a tuxedo and mowed his lawn in a tuxedo! Paul mentioned JB on his radio shows many times through the years-we listened just to check if JB was going to make the airwaves!

Jean   March 1st, 2009 9:19 pm ET

My son passed away at the age of 44 years and at his eulogy ,we stopped the funeral to listen to Paul Harvey. He had listened to his broadcast everyday. Thank you Paul.

Roberta Gallant   March 1st, 2009 9:19 pm ET

I am so sorry to hear that Paul Harvey died at a hospital
in Pheonix, Arizona, yesterday. He has live a decent life
that some people do not. I be Paul Harvey's family
friends will miss him a lot now. I do extend my sympathy
to Mr. Harvey.

I have always watched Paul Harvey on television
but never met him in real life. Paul Harvey's
radio were wonderful and make members
of his audience laugh! I liked his radio shows
because they touched so many Americans

Lucy   March 1st, 2009 9:19 pm ET

I used to work at Howard Johnson's Hotel years ago and while I was making beds and cleaning rooms, I had a radio on my cart and always had Paul Harvey on. Those were great memories for me listening to his stories and loving his voice. He is going to be missed.
God Bless Paul Harvey!!

Christina   March 1st, 2009 9:21 pm ET

I used to work at a Pulmonologist practice in Chicago, and I fondly remember listening to Paul Harvey and "The rest of the story".

One particular story has stuck with me for the longest time. It was about a couple who used to say "SHMILY" to eachother every morning, every evening and just because. Their children never understood why they said it to eachother but never really thought much of it.

Then sadly one of them or both of them passed away (not too terribly sure). The couple had already planned as to what was to be on their tombstones. This uncovered the mystery of why they said "SHMILY" to eachother all those years.......See How Much I Love You.

I know I am one of many that are saddened by Mr. Harvey's passing. From above I am sure he Sees How Much We Loved Him.

Perihan Branche   March 1st, 2009 9:22 pm ET

I grew up listening to Paul Harvey, I will miss hearing his voice, I would hope someone would play broadcasts of him forever, it would not be the same not hearing his voice. Maybe CNN could play a broadcast once a day, or XM radio.

Terri Brunswick   March 1st, 2009 9:25 pm ET

I will always remember Paul Harvey, as a voice that could make me stop in my tracks and listen to a man that spoke to my soul.

Niall Higgins   March 1st, 2009 9:26 pm ET

Mr Harvy has one of the voices that could lission to on the radio and on the t.v.his voice reach out to you could understand when he was speaking from the heart and when he was beening sencear sorportive and when when he was mad he will be missed and loved he could realy talk to you and get through to you on his point and a debate loved a good one from what i see

Perihan Branche   March 1st, 2009 9:26 pm ET

Oprah is not even in the same league as Paul Harvey, no comparison, Paul Harvey is one of a kind.

Bob   March 1st, 2009 9:26 pm ET

To not hear that voice live from now on, would be a crime but to have never heard it would have been a sin. You heard the facts, and the commentary that lead his listeners to the truth and consistancy that kept 4 million of us informed. Never was a more insiteful and respected journialist listened to and welcomed into hearts and homes. He caused you to think when he spoke, and a very proper man that always gave his best to you from his family. My thoughts and prayers go to his remaining family and his friends. I'll miss him.

Niall Higgins   March 1st, 2009 9:27 pm ET

sliped on the first one mr Harvey

Gerald Frenzel   March 1st, 2009 9:28 pm ET

I 1st listened to Paul Harvey in the early 60's. I have enjoyed his special delivery of the news ever since then. I especially have enjoyed his the rest of the story presentations. I am sure his unique style will be missed by many.

mr. bill   March 1st, 2009 9:31 pm ET

i remember driving in the car with my mother and seeing her smiling face as she inmitated "good day".....all of his stories are brilliant, however, the story of paul mccartney is WONDERFUL.........let's hear it again................Good Night Paul.....

phil   March 1st, 2009 9:31 pm ET

My favorite story about Paul Harvey is when i was living in Dallas listening to his noon radio show. He had a bumper sticker of the day feature, that particular day the bumper sticker of the day was on an unmarked police car driving down the street, it said, " THIS IS AN UNMARKED PATROL CAR ", I laughed so hard i almost ran of the road.

Cheryl Boesing   March 1st, 2009 9:33 pm ET

As a care giver for his estate in the Ozarks we had the tremendous honor of getting to know the Harvey family personally.He was a true American. I remember him coming to meet my new born son for the first time, crawling on the nursery floor with his train set. We will never forget Paul Harvey or his legacy. He will be greatly missed, and to his loving son Paul Jr. you are in our prayers.

With great sadness,
John and Cheryl Boesing

Cheryl Boesing   March 1st, 2009 9:34 pm ET

As a care giver for his estate in the Ozarks we had the tremendous honor of getting to know the Harvey family personally.He was a true American. I remember him coming to meet my new born son for the first time, crawling on the nursery floor with his train set. We will never forget Paul Harvey or his legacy. He will be greatly missed, and to his loving son Paul Jr. you are in our prayers.

With great sadness,
John and Cheryl Boesing


Lisa   March 1st, 2009 9:34 pm ET

I wanted to comment on Paul Harvey, I had the honor of meeting him here at the Blue Owl in Kimmswick Missouri. I was probably 17 and I saw him and wasn't sure it was him, however when he spoke to the waitress I was sure. I didn't want to be a bother, but I wanted to tell him how much I enjoyed listening to him for years. I can remember my parents listening to him when i was a very young child and I couldn't stand it. I guess I had to mature and learn to appreciate this wonderful man. I approched and introduced myself and told him and his wife how much i love to listen to his radio program and I thanked him. He was such a wonderful man, He thanked me for listening. The world has lost such a wonderful and great man. God Bless his family during this time!

Nick Nichols   March 1st, 2009 9:35 pm ET

And now he knows the rest of the story....

Barbara White   March 1st, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Hearing Paul Harvey's voice brings back such great memories for me. I would sit with my great-grandfather while he listened to Mr. Harvey's show everyday. My great-grandfather loved to agree AND disagree with Mr. Harvey. He would talk to the radio as if it were Mr Harvey himself. When I remember my great-grandfather, I can hear Paul Harvey's voice. When I hear his voice, it puts a smile on my face. Thank you Mr Harvey for such wonderful memories. You will be missed.

Mary Dieter   March 1st, 2009 9:37 pm ET


I have listened to Paul Harvey for many many years. One day about 20 years ago I told my young 5 yr. old daughter that we needed to get home for lunch because I always had lunch with Paul Harvey. She looked at me rather concerned and asked, "Does Dad know about him?"

I love that story.

Mary Dieter
Roseau, Minnesota

Robert Nichols   March 1st, 2009 9:37 pm ET

I am 28 years old and listened to Paul Harvey occasionally growing up. I loved his humor and common sense approach. His stories were so interesting but he made them come alive. I think he was Christian and I hope and pray that he was so that I can meet him one day in heaven. I can only wish that I had listened to him more often. God bless you Mr. Harvey!

Jeff   March 1st, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Mr. Harvey was a class act that will never be repeated. We have lost a legend.

Berni   March 1st, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Rush L. –You are extremely evil and FOOLISH man (KKK). Don't try mixing God in your evil speaking because you cannot play with God.
Get a grip, no one can stop the plans of the GOD and I am referring to "the God in HEAVEN", with all power in His hands.

The earth belong to the Lord God and everyone in it rather they believe it or know it. This is not the republican’s world. So except the change because you can't stop it.

The people know that the President blue print for American is needed to correct the mess Bush/republican left. The best man always has to correct the worse man's mess? You know what I mean….


Brad Chambers   March 1st, 2009 9:40 pm ET

in 1975, while in the Air Force working on Armed Forces Radio, I would periodically send story ideas to Mr. Harvey. One day the phone rang in the studio, and it was Paul Harvey himself, calling for more details on the story of the first ever wedding on Shemya Island, Alaska. A young "Airman" bride had married her "Airman" groom. And Mr. Harvey reported the story. The funniest part was that the young couple had decided to marry on the island to receive a blessing on some early honeymooning. Their families had a big wedding planned out for their return to the "Lower 48." When the story aired...and all 1500 "Airmen" on that little tiny island heard it, Airman Vicki Hill was ready to kill me. I relayed that unintended response to Mr. Harvey, who, of course, reported the follow-up. He was one of a kind. Paul Harvey taught me how to communicate with one listener. And that's what radio is all about.

Gary Cooke II   March 1st, 2009 9:42 pm ET

I hope your got the message about my connection to Paul Harvey. If you did not it is because you have tech people who are really stupid programers because they set the "tab" key as an execution key.

Tim Stroeder   March 1st, 2009 9:43 pm ET

Mr. Harvey's conviction, his delivery, his integrity, his sincerity and his talent are unequaled in modern times. He will be missed. God Bless Paul Harvey. May his family find comfort during this difficult time.

Tim Stroeder
Kitchener, ON, Canada

Mary Shaw   March 1st, 2009 9:43 pm ET

What a sad day for America and the world. I always enjoyed listening to Mr. Harvey on the radio, very often on my commute home from work or at lunch time, depending when his radio show aired. I loved the way he kept the audience hanging until the very end, making us try to guess who he was talking about. My favourite "Rest of the Story" was about Lucille Ball. I was both shocked and amazed about her early life.

My sincere condolences to Mr. Harvey's family.

Mary Shaw
Belleville, ON Canada

Emily Radd   March 1st, 2009 9:45 pm ET

I'm 46 years old. My father died at the age of 44 when I was 12. One of the fondest memories I have of him is that he loved Paul Harvey and would listen to him everyday on his lunch break. He never missed a day. Our loss is Heaven's gain. God bless you Mr. Harvey.

Dave Torkelson   March 1st, 2009 9:45 pm ET

I worked in radio for years, and one of the stations I was Program Director of carried "Paul Harvey News". We carried the AM 7:30 five minute broadcast, the 15 minute "News and Comment" at 12:15 and "The Rest Of The Story" at 5:15PM. Let me tell you..if we were even a minute late for either the 12:15 or 5:15 shows they phones would ring. People planned lunch around Paul, he made their drive home pleasant.

My very favorite segment is the Christmas Eve story of the man who does not go to church with his family. If you are a fan of Paul's you will know the story.

Thank you, sir..and God bless Paul Harvey

Gary Cooke II   March 1st, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Besides, having a connection to Paul Harvey at the corner of Michigan and Wacker, I used to ride the bus with Studs Turkel; the 151 or the 146 or 147. Studs, with his red socks and red and white plaid shirt and sport coat. He was always working. I remember talking to him about 10 years ago when we got off the bus at Michigan and Wacker and as we were about to cross Michigan a cab turned right in front of us. Studs took his umbrella and started beating the hood of the cab. He was swearing at the cab driver and beating on the hood. I stood there and could only admire him.

Who uses the tab key to execute commands? Fire your tech people.

Jeff Mayes   March 1st, 2009 9:51 pm ET

When I was in the military I was stationed at Clark Air base in the Philippines. Every day, twice a day, all work stopped to hear Paul Harvey on Armed Forces Radio. It was a time we all looked forward to and was usually the topic of discussion for a good part of the day. I will miss him!

Judy   March 1st, 2009 9:51 pm ET

I too loved Paul Harvey, would always stop and listen to his news on the radio. Maybe they could still run the Rest of the Story forever like Charles Schultz's Peanuts. A Great American Icon whose loss is deeply felt.. Let's pray that Paul Harvey jr can carry on and bring us all good news, hope and the truths of what;'s happening in today's world. ai also wish that I could hear that paul mccartney story, if someone remembers, please write it out.Thanks

Brenda Frays   March 1st, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Paul Harvey was such an icon....his voice always reminds me of spending time with my Grandma Myrtie when we'd sit at her kitchen table and she introduced me to the voice of Paul Harvey

Kathy Heiman   March 1st, 2009 9:52 pm ET

My deepest sympathy to Paul Harvey's family...every generation of my personal family has enjoyed his stories for several years. There is one story that has made a huge impact on my faith. I have been searching for a copy, but have not been able to find one. It is about a man who questions his own faith, and decides not to go to church with his family one Sunday. He eventually ends up in the barn doing chores. There is a flock of birds trapped in the rafters, and no matter what this man does he cannot help the lost birds. He thinks to himself, "If I were only like one of them I could get the birds to follow me, and show them the way".... at that moment the church bells rang... I would love to have "the rest of the story". Please let me know if you can help me.

Augustina   March 1st, 2009 9:53 pm ET

I liked listening to his news he had a great voice, great story to tell but I always wonder where in the world he gets some of his news from, he was the best, I used to look forward to some of his news every day, he will be missed and now you know the rest of the story. may he rest in peace.

m sullivan   March 1st, 2009 9:53 pm ET

one of my favorite childhood memories is centered around the voice of dear paul harvey. i grew up in stamford ct, and most of the executive fathers who lived on our street left home before dawn to catch the sprindale train to manhattan and returned home long after sunset . my father was lucky because he worked one mile from home at a division of raytheon called machelett labs. he came home for lunch every day. on the menu was a choice of either campbell's chicken noodle or vegetable beef soup, and a peanut butter sandwhich.... no jelly. the other constant was the voice of paul harvey which boomed out of the giant hi fi set we had in the living room. my father would eat silently and listen to the "rest of the story" while i would sit watching him with my ear pressed up against the giant cloth-covered speaker console. there was always a lesson and a moral to think on. when paul ended the broadcast with the customary "good day" , it was my fathers cue to put his dish in the sink, kiss my mother & i and head back to work. the rest of the story became a catch phrase in our house in later years when one of us five kids tried to get out of trouble with a lame excuse. fond memories of paul and my father. thanks to the harvey family for sharing their father with us, and deepest sympathy for their loss

Cartie   March 1st, 2009 9:53 pm ET

When Mr. Harvey do the Rest of the Story! I do learn about history! And, It does make me think about that! And, I do enjoy them! Sometime, He dose make me laugh! I will miss him telling the news in his way! I will say a pray to his family!

Scott J   March 1st, 2009 9:54 pm ET

My earliest memories riding in the car with my father in the early 70's include listening to Paul Harvey. Mr Harvey was such a bond between us, upon seeing this news I immediately had to call my father and reminisce on that time together. I will miss hearing the rest of the story and having the quick reminders to call my dad and tell him I love him, but I am full of gratitude for having Mr Harvey as a touchstone to cherished memories. Good Day Paul Harvey...

marlene woolard   March 1st, 2009 9:54 pm ET

I had just quit smoking and was wanting a cigarette and I had decided that I would stop and buy a pack. Well I was listening to Mr Harvey when he begin to talk about a friend who had just passed away. Well to make a long story short Mr Harvey said that his friend had died from lung cancer. You see he smoked three packs a day. Well needless to say I did not stop and buy a pack. I have been smoke free for almost 10 years and I have Mr. Harvey to thank. He will be missed.

Mrs. Mary Connelly   March 1st, 2009 9:56 pm ET

First, let me say, God Speed to Mr. Harvey!
With that done, I'll get to the rest of my story!
I'm a school teacher and love to read Mr. Harvey's "Rest of the Story" to my classes! The kids really enjoy them and try to figure out just how they'll end. It's wonderful to watch them think ~ after all that's why I'm there ~ and sometimes they'll get it!
Thank You Mr. Harvey. I'll miss you.

Kathlyn Stone   March 1st, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Paul Harvey could really tell a story. I listened to him for decades and was happy to have met and briefly interviewed him in the '80s as a young reporter for the Mesabi Daily News in Virginia, Minn.

Harvey had a gift for ferreting out stories about everyday heroes. Once, he came to "the Range" to interview a young athlete from my hometown who, against the odds, realized his dream of playing for the University of Minnesota Gophers baseball team. The rest of the story was that David "Chas" Chelesnik was putting up a very courageous fight against bone cancer. Chas was one of the most positive people I've ever met, young or old. Harvey found out about Chas and soon he had millions cheering him on. It was pretty special that Harvey arranged to meet with Chas personally.

Anthony Lisandrello   March 1st, 2009 9:57 pm ET

As a youngster I had the privlege of caddying for Paul Harvey one Autumn afternoon @ Oak Park Country Club "outside of Chicago". Kids were back in school so I took both Mr. Harvey and his guests bags, while the other two golfers rode a cart. I made sure all (4) golfers had clean clubs and found there golf balls after their drives. When they were finished with their round Mr. Harvey made a point to thank me for helping the other two golfers on the cart. I was thrilled to think someone as important as Paul Harvey would take the time to thank a (13) year old for being a good caddy. In all my life I have never forgotten that day, and I have never met anyone with as much class and kindness as him. It's nice to think that Mr. and Mrs. Harvey are together in Heaven.

JP Humphrey   March 1st, 2009 9:59 pm ET

When I heard last night of Mr. Harvey's passing, I was sad for myself but glad that he would now be "Together Forever" with his best friend Angel. I will always consider myself very fortunate, to have briefly met him at an Adcraft Luncheon in Detroit, MI. His influence on me will last a lifetime, especially in the description of his sponsor's products.

cheery   March 1st, 2009 9:59 pm ET

I'm so sad tat Paul Harvey died.

Gary Cooke II   March 1st, 2009 10:01 pm ET

[Repeat] I have been practicing law in Chicago for 20 years and my first office was Paul Harvey's original office. It was a beautiful office with wood paneling and fluted glass windows. When I would leave at the end of the day, I would think "the day is over, page 2." On Fridays, I would sit back and play 40's big band music. The office inspired me and I could see how Paul Harvey, who sat in the same spot that I was sitting in, could be inspired.

He never knew me, but I followed him by coincidence by simply renting his old office and later renting offices in his recent building.

Deb   March 1st, 2009 10:04 pm ET

We will miss him dearly. There will never be a voice so full of wisdom and comfort like his. I know God will be filled with all the joy we have had here.

Instead of Good Day! I guess it is Good Night!

Mansfield, PA

Silas Porter Jr   March 1st, 2009 10:05 pm ET

In 1964, as I entered high school, I bought my first tranistor radio. The first person I heard was Paul Harvey. From that moment on, myself and my classmates listened to Paul every lunch hour.
In Viet Nam I listend to Paul when ever I could get near a radio. He helped me hang on to reality through both tours in that country. When Barry Goldwater passed away, I wrote to Paul and had him send my regards to the Goldwaters for what Barry Goldwater did for me during one of my tours.
If every there was a True American–True to his beliefs and to his country– IT WAS PAUL HARVEY. We will miss you sir beyond belief, until we meet again in the heavens.

Gardner Brannon   March 1st, 2009 10:10 pm ET

I have been listening to Paul Harvey for many, many years. Words cannot describe what a fine and talented man he was. He will be sorely missed. My deepest condolonces and sympathy to his son and the rest of his family.

Thomas Andersen   March 1st, 2009 10:18 pm ET

My wife and I are very sorry to hear of the passing of Paul Harvey. He was an inspiration to us and to many others who listened to him. He brought a smile to our day. We will miss him. God Bless you Paul.

Morgan   March 2nd, 2009 12:14 am ET

I remember when I was younger listening to him in the car and falling asleep to the sound of his voice, it was very soothing. he will be missed greatly. rest in peace paul.

Scott   March 2nd, 2009 12:15 am ET

Good Day, We'll miss you.

James Ganiard   March 2nd, 2009 12:31 am ET

Years ago when I sold radio in Grand Rapids Mi, Paul Harvey Sponsorship slots were the most revered and honored Spots. One day I recieved word that we were dropping Paul Harvey. I decided that this was unacceptable and took on the top brass head on.After a half hour on the phone with the most respected advertisers and influencial executives in Grand Rapids Paul Harvey was safe and to this day can be heard each day in West Michigan. I shed a tear on the news of his passing but he lives forever in the hearts of millions.GOOD DAY.

Darla Cook   March 2nd, 2009 12:35 am ET

I grew up listening in Oklahoma to my grandparents radio station that was faithfully tuned to the Paul Harvey broadcast each day. His objective opinion and soothing croon made him one of the world's best newscasters. The silent reality is that our lives will be less filled and enlightened. He will be greatly missed.

Rob DeRosia   March 2nd, 2009 12:35 am ET

Rest in peace Paul Harvey, you will be missed.

maribeth smith   March 2nd, 2009 12:39 am ET

The air ways will not be the same without Paul Harvey. What a class act......America has lost a great treasure. May you rest in peace.

john   March 2nd, 2009 12:40 am ET

mr harvey has been a part my life 25 years he will be missed

Nancy   March 2nd, 2009 12:41 am ET

I remember Paul Harvey as a young child of 10 to 12 years old. My father would listen to him every day. I really enjoyed hearing Paul Harveys voice. It was so soothing. It made me feel safe and warm. I was abused by my mother. I just loved hearing his voice. When I have heard Paul speak since then I remember my dad. I loved how he presented the story.He was different, memorable, special.

Fred Wilmot   March 2nd, 2009 12:42 am ET


Is legendary the right title for Paul Harvey, who supported Senator Joe McCarthy and the Vietnam War?

Jeanette   March 2nd, 2009 12:44 am ET

When I was young, my late uncle Ray introduced me to Paul Harvey. He would sit in his car and listen to Mr. Harvey. I grew to love his broadcast, and everytime I would listen to him, I would remember my uncle. I am now in my 40's and to this day, I think of my uncle everytime I hear Mr. Harveys voice. Thank you Mr. Harvey.

Mark   March 2nd, 2009 12:45 am ET

My father once repeated a joke that Paul Harvey said on the radio and was fired since it had a sort of suggestive nature. It was reported by a fellow worker and was terminated.

The rest of the story is that after some weeks and an arbitration he was reinstated... Good Day!

Willard Loewen   March 2nd, 2009 12:49 am ET

As a minister, I especially appreciated Paul's Christmas story of the lost birds in the snow. Father had stayed home on Christmas eve while Mother and the children attend the church program. Didn't believe in that fairy tale about Jesus. A pelting sound on his picture window turned out to be a flock of lost birds trying to fly into his warm living room. Eventually his own concern for the little lost birds convicted him of God's care for lost humans beings. "If only I could become a bird, I could tell them where to find safety." Just then the church bells rang at mid-night. He knelt in the snow and accepted the Savior of the Babe in a manger.

Marc Berrier   March 2nd, 2009 12:49 am ET

As a 3rd grade student(as far as I can remember) my parents would listen to Mr. Harvey every morning when i had breakfast before school.This lasted until I moved out after high school.The last thing I ever wanted to do was get up for school,but I did because I had to hear parents dont know this.I went through a rebel teenage thing but always knew how much I grew from the knowledge I gained from him.I would say things to my parents like this sucks and what have you.....but I loved hearing his voice and insight in the made me excited to go to school and learn!!! god speed Paul Harvey.

Willard Loewen   March 2nd, 2009 12:52 am ET

As a jokester, since I was a boy, my favorite story Paul told would the ice fishing story. The fisherman's secret turned out to be his keeping the worms warm – IN HIS MOUTH!

Willard Loewen   March 2nd, 2009 12:54 am ET

Another funny story was about the guy who got shot in the fracas. 🙂

Willard Loewen   March 2nd, 2009 12:59 am ET

For years I used to stop everything at noon and listen to Paul Harvey. I taped his broadcast daily. What a blessing it was when the internet could let me catch up on missed broadcasts in spite of his reluctance to use modern technology. I'll miss him.

Ike Eichenlaub   March 2nd, 2009 1:06 am ET

It was 1974 – Nancy and I and our two children Matt and Jacob were living in southern Kentucky near the Cumberland River – we had built a small cabin in the woods, we carried our water from the Kettle Creek, used kerosene lamps, baked bread in a wood burning stove. We chopped wood everyday because we had no insulation in our cabin and were pretty novice inexperienced back-woodsmen! But everyday we stopped when Paul Harvey began to talk on our small battery powered transistor radio. It was the high light of our day – a true pleasure. I am very sad to hear of his passing – hearing his voice, remembering his voice is still very much a part of that wonderful experience. I will always remember him. God's Speed Harvey! And thank you! Ike

Sue   March 2nd, 2009 1:26 am ET

My favorite story was about the relationship between a man & his dog. He spoke of the love & loyalty of this dog even at the dogs passing away. I wish I could hear the story again. Actually it would be an appropriate story to hear. The man lost his friend, the dog & now we have lost a friend, Paul. Your stories will be missed. Our thoughts & prayers go out to his family.

The story was told in the summer of 2002 or 2003. Would love to hear the rest of his story again.

Betty Comstock   March 2nd, 2009 2:25 am ET

I have recorded Paul's broadcasts for about ten years and often replay them for my husband at dinner. I have written to him several times and treasure the replies received from him and Lynne. I once wrote about our Mustang convertible and he mentioned it later in a commercial.

Our daughter wrote Paul about our 50th wedding anniversary celebration and the Harveys sent us a beautiful bouquet which we proudly displayed on that occasion.

Paul will be greatly missed by both of us. Our love and prayers are with Paul Jr–now an orphan!

jamie veerkamo klamath falls oregon   March 2nd, 2009 3:52 am ET

wow it came to a shock when i turn the channels and i see paul harvey has passed away it is so sad i remember when i was little sitting with my grandpaw and then later with my dad after grandpaw passed away and we would always stop and listin to paul harvey at noon every day his show means alot to me and i am very sadden by his passing because now i have passed noon time with my kids cause we listin to his son now he will be truely missed
God bless his family and our prayers are with them

Thomas   March 2nd, 2009 3:56 am ET

I learned the sad news that Paul Harvey passed away. I have an audio recording of Paul Harvey telling the story of, "The Battle of Bermuda Bridge." My sister's husband's father (Ken Prud'homme) was a chief character in the story. If you get a chance to listen to this wonderful story, it is a good one. Thanks, Thomas.

Nick Sansone   March 2nd, 2009 4:08 am ET

I am the wine thief who got stuck in the ceiling at liquor emporium.
Thanks Mr. Harvey for the good laughs.
Also if your wondering. I quit drinking 15 years ago

Kevin Pavlish   March 2nd, 2009 4:16 am ET

In my lifetime, I have had the privilege of witnessing 3 men perform their craft at level that will probably never be matched.....Johnny Carson, Walter Cronkite and Paul Harvey. As a boy, I began listening to Paul Harvey's newscasts on a transistor radio while driving a tractor on the plains of North Dakota. Hearing Mr. Harvey tell us about what was going on in the world was like having a neighbor giving you the news of the day. He was one of us, our voice. Like Mr. Carson and Mr. Cronkite, there will never be another like Mr. Harvey. He will be missed.

Kevin Pavlish
Dickinson, ND

warren sykes   March 2nd, 2009 5:07 am ET

i recall a paul harvey story about nfl players and their preference; grass or astro turf. well, it just happens pittsburg steeters "mean joe" green was asked this question, and he replied," well, i've never smoked astro turf". now you know the rest of the story. thank you mr. harvey for the news, and bless the harvey family

myka   March 2nd, 2009 5:37 am ET

paul harvey was on the radio every day & back when i had the honor of growing up on my grandparent's farm, paul harvey's radio show was the time of day granddad came infrom farming the land & grandmother stopped cooking, canning, china painting, or doingher household choser to stop, all of us, hovered around the radio. time stood still as we hung on every word he said. that was the 70's & it was some of the last days for the local farmer. we'd sit around that table by the window in the kitchen as Paul Havey spoke, we'd look out over the cotton field, the garden and grape orchards while we'd laugh, cry, and love the way Paul Havey could tell a story. He was not just a man but a memory for me and his death marks the departure of a time when we all appreciatively gathered for the simple things, like a radio talk show with one oice: the only voice soothing enough to sit still to: Paul Harvey- you take with you an era that America could benefit from finding again. Say hello to My Grandmother and Grandad while you're up there for me, would ya? They will recognize your voice in an instant!

Thomas Cosenza   March 2nd, 2009 5:38 am ET

Paul Havey was a national treasure.... see you some day in heaven where I am sure I will hear the rest of the story!

myka   March 2nd, 2009 5:54 am ET

paul harvey was on the radio every day & back when i had the honor of growing up on my grandparent’s farm, paul harvey’s radio show was the time of day when my granddad came in from farming the land & grandmother stopped cooking, canning, china painting, or doing her household chores & the Paul Havey Radio Show was our collective time to come together, all of us, gathered around the radio together. time stood still as we hung on every word Harvey said. that was the late 70’s & it was some of the last days for the local farmer. we’d sit around that table by the window in the kitchen as Paul Havey spoke, we’d look out over the cotton fields, the gardens and grape orchards while we’d laugh, cry, and love the way Paul Havey could tell a story. He was not just a man but a memory for me and his death marks the departure of a time when we all appreciatively gathered for the simple things, like a radio talk show with just one voice: the only voice soothing enough to sit still to: Paul Harvey- you take with you an era that America could benefit from finding again. Say hello to My Grandmother and Grandad while you’re up there for me, would ya? They will recognize your voice in an instant.

Jet   March 2nd, 2009 1:03 pm ET

I listened to your interview with Paul Harvey and this made me think of an occasion some 20 years ago. I listened to Paul Harvey religiously everyday on my way to work and on my way home from work. One day on the way to work I was listening so intently that I was not paying attention to my speed and I entered the city limits speeding...I was so involved in his program I did not see the city police following me. The only thing that caught my attentions was everyone was allowing me to go through all the stop lights.. when I parked I got a ticket!!!!!!

stephen como   March 2nd, 2009 4:02 pm ET

The rest of the story is that Paul Harvey will certainly be missed. He is an icon that I grew up with. The memories that are brought back by hearing him on the radio can't be matched. From roadtrips with friends, camping, laying on the beach., We always waited to hear his comments and together would say...that's the rest of the story.

V.K.Raju   March 2nd, 2009 10:20 pm ET

Paul Harvey may be a legend. But what can public do when they are misled by a legend? He used to promote a vitamin for the elderly patients with floaters in the eye. It was a very misleading commercial that so many elderly fell victim to. (because the science knows that it does not work!)
When legends promote products like that (freakenomics) there will be a tendency in the society to use " a language of suspect rather than the language of respect" in day to day affairs.

joey   March 2nd, 2009 11:04 pm ET

rush limbaugh is dragging america to her knees, instead of bashing our new president he should be offering new and innovating ideas to help america navigate its way out of this crippling economic crisis we are in. if rusch dosen't already know maybe in his neighbourhod business is excellent and their are no homes in foreclouseure on his block but for the rest of america the country is like a deer caught in the headlights with no where to run. as a matter of fact rusch looks like he had not missed a meal in a long time, he should look around and may he should share some of his food to those of us who have lost our jobs, homes and to those of us who have lost our sense of self worth. he is one of the very same reason that countries around the world dislike us.

republicans should stop the mud slinging and stop blameing the democrats for their failures and accept the fact that their party did not win the election and try to work with the democrats in rebuilding america for the sake of its people. rusch limbaugh should take his negative and hateful energy and use it in a postive way instead of dividing american. obama said we are not a red america or a blue america we are the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA therefore we need to do what is best for america and unite america.

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