Paul Harvey:

What a commentator, with wonderful thoughts and best of all, he could tell a story, that would stay with you for a lifetime. I used to listen to the "Rest of the Story"on the radio every day for years. It was the highlight of the morning, sometimes giving me inspiration for the day or at the very least a good chuckle.

I could post many Internet pages of his Stories but sadly I don't have the time, so this page is a small testiment to his work. It is sad that the good man is with his maker now so if you don't know who the man was I have included a short biography.

In this dissertation he is commenting on children and "Dirt Roads", or life in the good old days. Remember those were the days when you walked 5 miles to school every day and it was uphill both ways.

About Paul Harvey Comments

I really appreciate most of Paul Harvey's thoughts. But some of the following things are pretty harsh lessons that he thinks children should go through to experience life and be a little better for it. The black eye I could tolerate but do I really have to stick my tongue to a flagpole and burn my hand on a stove, those are major boo boo's for some kids.

Today parents just don't have the time to be with their children and hold their hands through the growing up pains. They are too busy making a living in the new fast paced world we now live in. But we have technology and parents can be on the cell phone and help out in a second. And Parents can make sure their children are protected with helmits and car seats. Parents drive their children to school so they are shielded. Bullying is not allowed so children have no fear of peer pressure and they learn all about safe sex and are provided with condoms in school.

There is a saying "No pain no gain". This seems to sum it up. If one goes through a harsh painful life lesson you remember it well and want to share it with your fellow humans so they will not have to experience the same pain.

The children of TODAY can avoid most of our boo boos by seeing what happened to us, but they have a whole new set of problems to deal with that are probably a lot harder than we ever experienced in the good old days. I wish I could be around to see the world that they create and the life lessons they will give to their children.

Paul Harvey Writes:

We tried so hard to make things better for our kids that we made them worse. For my grandchildren, I'd like better.

I'd really like for them to know about hand me down clothes and homemade ice cream and leftover meat loaf sandwiches.


I hope you learn humility by being humiliated, and that you learn honesty by being cheated.


I hope you learn to make your own bed and mow the lawn and wash the car..


And I really hope nobody gives you a brand new car when you are sixteen..


It will be good if at least one time you can see puppies born and your old dog put to sleep.


I hope you get a black eye fighting for something you believe in.


I hope you have to share a bedroom with your younger brother/sister. And it's all right if you have to draw a line down the middle of the room,but when he wants to crawl under the covers with you because he's scared, I hope you let him.


When you want to see a movie and your little brother/sister wants to tag along, I hope you'll let him/her.


I hope you have to walk uphill to school with your friends and that you live in a town where you can do it safely.


On rainy days when you have to catch a ride, I hope you don't ask your driver to drop you two blocks away so you won't be seen riding with someone as uncool as your Mom.


If you want a slingshot, I hope your Dad teaches you how to make one instead of buying one.


I hope you learn to dig in the dirt and read books.


When you learn to use computers, I hope you also learn to add and subtract in your head.


I hope you get teased by your friends when you have your first crush on a boy\girl, and when you talk back to your mother that you learn what ivory soap tastes like.


May you skin your knee climbing a mountain, burn your hand on a stove and stick your tongue on a frozen flagpole.


I don't care if you try a beer once, but I hope you don't like it. And if a friend offers you dope or a joint, I hope you realize he is not your friend.


I sure hope you make time to sit on a porch with your Grandma/Grandpa and go fishing with your Uncle.


May you feel sorrow at a funeral and joy during the holidays.


I hope your mother punishes you when you throw a baseball through your neighbor's window and that she hugs you and kisses you at Hannukah/Christmas time when you give her a plaster mold of your hand.

What's mainly wrong with society today is that too many Dirt Roads have been paved.

There's not a problem in America today, crime, drugs, education, divorce, delinquency that wouldn't be remedied, if we just had more Dirt Roads, because Dirt Roads give character.

People that live at the end of Dirt Roads learn early on that life is a bumpy ride. That it can jar you right down to your teeth sometimes, but it's worth it, if at the end is home...a loving spouse, happy kids and a dog.

We wouldn't have near the trouble with our educational system if our kids got their exercise walking a Dirt Road with other kids, from whom they learn how to get along.

There was less crime in our streets before they were paved.

Criminals didn't walk two dusty miles to rob or rape, if they knew they'd be welcomed by 5 barking dogs and a double barrel shotgun.

And there were no drive by shootings.

Our values were better when our roads were worse!

People did not worship their cars more than their kids, and motorists were more courteous, they didn't tailgate by riding the bumper or the guy in front would choke you with dust & bust your windshield with rocks.

Dirt Roads taught patience.

Dirt Roads were environmentally friendly, you didn't hop in your car for a quart of milk you walked to the barn for your milk.

For your mail, you walked to the mail box.

What if it rained and the Dirt Road got washed out? That was the best part, then you stayed home and had some family time, roasted marshmallows and popped popcorn and pony rode on Daddy's shoulders and learned how to make prettier quilts than anybody.

At the end of Dirt Roads, you soon learned that bad words tasted like soap.

Most paved roads lead to trouble, Dirt Roads more likely lead to a fishing creek or a swimming hole.

At the end of a Dirt Road, the only time we even locked our car was in August, because if we didn't want some neighbor to fill it with too much zucchini.

At the end of a Dirt Road, there was always extra springtime income, from when city dudes would get stuck, you'd have to hitch up a team and pull them out. Usually you got a dollar...always you got a new friend...

at the end of a Dirt Road!

~by Paul Harvey~

"Hello Americans, This Is Paul Harvey..."


Paul Harvey recieves metal from President George Bush

'Hello Americans! [pause] This is Paul Harvey! [pause] Stand by [long pause] for news!" With those words, the radio host Paul Harvey, who has died aged 90, introduced daily commentaries heard on 1,200 US radio stations and 400 more worldwide via Armed Forces radio. "Paul Harvey News and Comment" was a fixture on the ABC Network for 58 years, its audience estimated at up to 25 million, and its advertising value so great that, at the age of 82, he signed a 10-year contract for $100m.

In 2001 he was sidelined by a throat virus, and his son and co-writer, Paul Jr, became a frequent replacement host. Four years later, Harvey received the presidential medal of freedom from George Bush. Lynne died in 2008 after suffering from cancer; Harvey is survived by his son. Paul Harvey (Aurandt), radio broadcaster, born 14 September 1918; died 28 February 2009

On March 4, Gil Gross was chosen to become the next host of News & Comment. New owners Citadel Broadcasting, who bought ABC Radio from Disney in 2008, chose Mike Huckabee instead but the show lasted only one week before it was taken off the air.

Harvey died on February 28, 2009, at the age of 90 at a hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, surrounded by family and friends. No cause of death was announced. In response to his father's death, his son, Paul Harvey Jr., said, "millions have lost a friend". At the time of his death, he had less than two years left on his ten-year contract. Former President George W. Bush issued a statement on Harvey's death, calling Harvey: "a friendly and familiar voice in the lives of millions of Americans."

Harvey was also known for catch phrases he used at the beginning of his programs, such as "Hello Americans, I'm Paul Harvey. You know what the news is, in a minute, you're going to hear ... the rest of the story." He always ended, "Paul Harvey ... Good day." A story might be "This day's news of most lasting significance." At the end of a report about someone who had done something ridiculous or offensive, Harvey would say, "He would want us to mention his name," followed by silence, then would start the next item. The last item of a broadcast, which was often a funny story, would usually be preceded by "For what it's worth."

Other phrases made famous by Harvey included "Here's a strange..." (a story with an unusual twist) and "Self-government won't work without self-discipline."

Revised 2013 by Larry Gentleman