Sunday, March 1, 2009
Paul Harvey, good-bye old friend
We say good-bye to dear friend Paul Harvey. Rick was a early student of Paul's story telling stylings and served as a intern in Omaha one summer with Paul and Gretchen. This seldom seen photograph of Rick and his first typewriter, a gift from Paul, is truly Ricks most prized possession. I phoned Rick upon hearing the news and Rick was so distraught, he couldn't speak. I took it upon myself to post this picture and say a few words. Paul was a gracious man with an even temper and quick with that signature smile. While Rick and I were in kindergarten, Rick would tell me how much fun it was to work with Paul. Rick would fetch endless cups of coffee and often had to take the trolley into town to pick up more 3 cent stamps. The clickety-clack of the type-bars striking the platen of the typewriter was music to their ears and they just smiled at each other, knowing in 1 hour, Paul and Ricks stories would be broadcast nationwide. Paul is know around the world for the phrase, "and that's the rest of the story." But, Rick's hard work and determination was not in vain. Only Rick and I know that Rick made another phrase as well known as the previous "..of the story."
"Page two..." was all Rick. Yep, in August that year during a blinding snowstorm, Paul was frantic 1 minute before air-time because he couldn't find all of his notes. 10 seconds before going on the air, Rick emerged from behind the water cooler and thrusting the lost piece of paper into the air, Rick yelled, "PAGE TWO!"
And now, you know the "rest of the story. Good-day."