Saying Good-bye to Paul

Real Estate Agent with Utah Homes 9334967-SA00

Microphone Illustration by Peter SunesonThere was a summer where my mom took up part time employment. She made a deal with me: I'd make five dollars a day if I had the younger kids clean their rooms while I straightened up the other rooms and fed them lunch. After that we'd go to the city pool for a couple hours.

It was a great opportunity. I made a hundred dollars a month and didn't have to beg to go to the pool every day. I also, for the first time, developed a work routine. I found that I could do major cleaning (mopping, bathroom scrubbing, laundry) on alternative days and, by so doing, it made the 'tween day fix-ups much easier.

A major part of the routine was making lunch while listening to Paul Harvey's news and comments. Later, I discovered his "rest of the story" program. In this broadcast he'd tease you with a story told in a way that no one else could duplicate. In the end, you'd find out who he was talking about... and it would almost always be a surprise.

Paul Harvey passed away yesterday at the grand age of 90. He lived across town. Though I never met him, his influence in my life is significant. I can still see the surroundings of the kitchen and feel the pleasure that was mine as he joined me on my daily schedule.

Also, I have read each of his books... they're great, uplifting entertainment... each chapter is brief enough that you can feel enriched in a few moments or... more likely... feel unable to stop yourself until you've finished the book with haste.

Thank you Paul Harvey for bringing us the rest of the story for so very long.


Microphone Illustration by Peter Suneson

Comments (16)

Sandy Shores FL RealtorĀ®, Melbourne Real Estate
M & M Realty of Brevard Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast

Hi Chuck, I was also to sad to hear that Paul Harvey had passed on.  I always turned the radio up when he came on.  Thanks for the tribute!

Mar 01, 2009 02:07 AM
Kathy McGraw
CELLing Realty - White Water, CA
Riverside County CA Real Estate

You have shown how he impacted your life, and the tribute you gave is very heartfelt.  I must admit I never heard of him before the other day, but this gave me a little piece of something to put with the name.

Mar 01, 2009 02:14 AM
Shirley Parks
Sands Realty 210-414-0966 - San Antonio, TX
Broker, 210-414-0966, San Antonio TX Real Estate

Listening to Paul Harvey was always a treat.  This was a nice tribute and now I want to read his books.  I also enjoyed your personal story about your summer "job."

Mar 01, 2009 04:10 AM
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team

Hi Chuck, great post!  I agree completely, I loved to listen to the rest of the story also!  He is going to be missed!

Mar 01, 2009 07:04 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

It is always sad when someone dies, even if you don't really know them.  I always enjoyed "the rest of the story" and looked forward to it.  He will be missed.

Mar 01, 2009 07:18 AM
John Walters
Frank Rubi Real Estate - Slidell, LA
Licensed in Louisiana

Chuck Paul Harvey is the type of human being I wish more people would use as their role model.  Not these punks with a lot of money with very few morals.

Mar 01, 2009 09:04 AM
Ann Heitland
Retired from RE/MAX Peak Properties - Flagstaff, AZ
Retired from Flagstaff Real Estate Sales

I, too, remember listening to Paul Harvey with my aunt and uncle at lunch on their farm -- what a great voice he had!

Mar 01, 2009 10:32 AM
Susie Blackmon
Ocala, FL
Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing

Imus has the 'Black Paul Harvey' on his morning show that I listen to, and boy can he be funny. Talks like Paul, etc. Nice tribute!

Mar 01, 2009 10:45 AM
Ellie McIntire
Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate - Ellicott City, MD
Luxury service in Central Maryland

Chuck, what a terrific testament. What a shame you did not get a chance to tell him how he was part of your routine.

Mar 01, 2009 11:55 AM
Debbie Summers
Charles Rutenberg Realty - New Smyrna Beach, FL

Chuck - Listened to Paul Harvey with my dad at lunch time growing up, We'd always talk about his commentary... He had an affect on so many people's lives, he will be missed.

Mar 02, 2009 12:29 AM
Jean Simmons
Dominion Real Estate Referral Company - Blacksburg, VA


your Paul Harvey tribute was wonderful.  He will be missed by many people.  He was an authentic


Mar 02, 2009 01:16 AM
Mara Hawks
First Realty Auburn - Auburn, AL
Inactive-2012 REALTOR - Homes for Sale Auburn Real Estate, AL

What a nice write-up for Paul Harvey...I remember listening to him pre-2000, and loved it, of course. What a unique individual and a gifted storyteller. And I like your story of how you discovered him---and what a godsend you were for your mom that summer!

Mar 02, 2009 11:39 AM
Kathie Burby
Coldwell Banker Mother Lode Real Estate - Sonora, CA
REALTOR, SFR, Tuolumne County Real Estate Guide

Paul Harvey was a true broadcaster. I was an avid listener for many years. Great story. He will be missed.

Mar 02, 2009 02:47 PM
Tere Rottink
CoastalVa Realty Inc - Virginia Beach, VA

I love stories of growing up.  This is a great example of one.  Thanks for sharing.  I didn't grow up in this country, and I have vaguely heard of Paul Harvey. I will google him, and share on another part of Americana.  Thanks for sharing.

Mar 03, 2009 12:18 AM
Michelle Viggiano
Four Winds Healthy Home Carpet & Air Duct Cleaning - Scottsdale, AZ

Te only time I ever listened to or heard Paul Harvey's broadcasts was when I was working  overseas for ten years. I would always seemingly find myself someplace where he was on. It always struck me how everyone from very diverse backgrounds and interest ppols would always pause and listen.

Mar 03, 2009 02:35 AM
Chris & Karen Highland
eXp Realty - Frederick, MD
Integrity, Experience, Enthusiasm!

I also have fond memories of Paul Harvey. He was on in the mornings while I was getting ready for work.  Years later I was getting my husband ready for work and the kids ready for school.  I always felt positive about life after a morning with Paul Harvey.

Mar 04, 2009 01:49 AM