National Obituary Review

Dead Person of the Day February 28 – Paul Harvey

0 Comments 28 February 2012

Wow Folks,

Just another American Classic brought to you by the NOR. The tale is chock full of intrigue and Americana. For example:

At the peak of his career, Mr. Harvey reached more than 24 million listeners on more than 1,200 radio stations and charged $30,000 to give a speech. His syndicated column was carried by 300 newspapers.

He was credited with coining the terms “Reaganomics” and ‘Guesstimate”. Guesstimate!

In 1976, Mr. Harvey began broadcasting “The Rest of the Story,” his anecdotal descriptions of the lives of famous people. The segments started chronologically, with the person’s identity revealed at the end. The stories were an attempt to capture “the heartbeats behind the headlines.” – Obviously something those quacks down the hall at The Shade try to abide by.

Now here’s a little wrinkle that heats up the pot a bit. Throughout his career Harvey often times would highlight a particular national interest in one of his segments so he could sound off to his audience. One of his favorites was security. In February of 1951 Harvey attempted to break into Argonne Research Laboratory ( a known nuclear testing ground). He claims that he wanted to carve his initials into some big structure, then talk about it on his show the following day.

The U.S. Attorney for Illinois considered espionage charges. Miraculously he was never convicted. Harvey was an avid supporter of Joseph McCarthey and J. Edgar Hoover and many of his critics sight the bond as his get out of jail free card.

Only in America! I highly recommend you give a number of The Rest of the Storys a listen.

Lets get on with it!

Paul Harvey, Talk-Radio Pioneer, Is Dead at 90

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Published: February 28, 2009

CHICAGO — Paul Harvey, the news commentator and talk-radio pioneer whose staccato style made him one of the nation’s most familiar voices, died Saturday in Arizona, according to ABC Radio Networks. He was 90. Continue

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