A little more of the story.

I wrote once before about my father’s work as a radio talkshow host, and I was reminded of that today when I heard about Paul Harvey’s death.   I remember riding with my dad after school — on the way to orthodontist appointments, track practice, a friend’s house — and hearing Harvey on the radio.  My father was a loyal listener.  I remember finding Harvey’s voice funny, his delivery a little comical.   Not exactly the cadence of the FM rock radio DJs I spent my time listening to.  But my father pushed me to listen, to pay attention to the stories being told.  And we would ride in silence, listening together, until Harvey took his famous pause and said, “And now you know … the rest of the story.”

I didn’t always enjoy the stories — Harvey and I didn’t agree on all things, of course — but I remember enjoying those rides with my father, our attention shared, learning to listen more closely, getting a glimpse into the development of my father’s radio persona, relishing those rare moments when we knew perfectly well how to be easy with one another.

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14 thoughts on “A little more of the story.

  1. Cap’n Steve! How did I miss that you’ve moved over to WordPress? I thought you’d disappeared. So glad to have found you again.

    I would definitely never have heard of Harvey were it not for my dad. They kept playing clips of his on NPR yesterday. Really brought me right back to riding around with my father after school.

  2. MaryHelen

    My parents, too, introduced me to Paul Harvey. I was always impressed with the way he held my attention. I couldn’t wait to hear “the rest of the story”. Thank you for sharing this memory. My mind is smiling.

  3. I saw the news that Paul Harvey died and the name sounds vaguely familiar, but I don’t know who he is. Sounds like he was someone worth listening to! Lovely memory of your father as well.

  4. Honestly, I was surprised he was still alive. I could have sworn his voice was silenced years ago. My parents didn’t listen to Paul Harvey — they were a bit too radical — but it reminds us of the power that radio once had across the nation. There was a time when Paul Harvey was a voice of America, for good or ill.
    Kevin

  5. Your story reminds me of driving to school from Brooklyn to Long Island with my dad. I would want to listen to WBLS and he would insist on NPR. I would whine and complain about how much I hate talk radio, and he would say that I would know when I have reached maturity because I will crave intellectual stimulation.

    Well, every morning I go online and log onto NPR.

    I have matured.

  6. My Pop and I used to drive around the neighborhoods of the San Fernando Valley and listen to Dodger games on the car radio. He would pull over when he saw an avocado tree and pick a couple for us to eat. You can’t do things like that anymore…

    Thanks for the memory — and also for the thoughtful comments you’ve left on my “Slices.”

  7. I remember Paul Harvey too and he, unlike Rush “Limberger”
    was a sharp, challenging thinker. I never thought about his politics, just what he thought about was interesting to me.
    Bonnie

  8. Thanks for the comments, everyone. It’s interesting how many people I know (and some here, too) have memories of listening to Paul Harvey with their parents. I doubt my father loved Harvey’s politics. He was pretty left wing, but clearly there was something about Harvey that struck a right note.

    Guess I’ve matured, too! It sure took me long enough: I’ve only been a regular NPR listener for seven years!

  9. Elizabeth

    My former brother-in-law is a DJ for a lunch hour talk show and listening to his funny stories, malleable voice and amazing characterizations is probably the only thing I miss from that first marriage. I didn’t even need to see his face, his voice was that clever and intriguing. (I should try to see if he’s streamed on the web somewhere.)

    I loved this post about Paul Harvey (only heard him a few times) and how it tugged at one of your memories.

    –Elizabeth
    http://peninkpaper.blogspot.com/

  10. ourclasswrites

    Scott Simon did a beautiful remembrance of Paul Harvey as a friend of HIS father’s. His work, and our response to it, is proof of the power of story in our lives.

  11. Elizabeth– Hope you find your brother-in-law’s show online. It’s a shame the extended family we lose when ties are severed, whether it’s marriage or friendship.

    I heard Scott Simon’s piece, too. I thought it was great to get this “other side of the story” story about Harvey.

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