Back in the day, I too enjoyed his fifteen minute news and commentary delivered via radio six days per week, at noon and again in the evening. He had a unique style that spoke every bit as much to the heart of his listeners as it did to their minds.
Each day, with his uniquely Midwestern accent, he intoned his broadcast these words: “Hello Americans! This is Paul Harvey. Stand by for news!” At the end of his broadcast, he would invariably end with “Paul Harvey… Good day!”
In honor of this beloved man, I want to devote my post today to a couple of significant web links. The first is: http://www.paulharveyarchives.com/index.htm. Billing itself as the unofficial Paul Harvey archives, this web site contains lots of information about Paul Harvey and his life’s work.
The second web link has to do with a much loved radio program for which Paul Harvey was also known. It was titled “The Rest of the Story” (nowadays referred to as “TROTS”) and ran for over 3000 episodes. Over 600 of these can be found at https://archive.org/details/PaulHarveyTROTS. But a much more definitive collection, containing over 3000 episodes, has been assembled at: http://www.paulharveyarchives.com/trots/.
Originally broadcast between 1967 and 2009, virtually all of these programs are around 3 minutes and 45 seconds long. According to Wikipedia, “The Rest of the Story consisted of stories presented as little-known or forgotten facts on a variety of subjects with some key element of the story (usually the name of some well-known person) held back until the end. The broadcasts always concluded with a variation on the tag line "And now you know the rest of the story."
For my part, as both a lover of history and a budding young communicator constantly on the lookout for illustrative material, I viewed “TROTS” as a God-send. Remember, this was largely in a day and age before the internet.
For this reason, I snatched up the few books that were published containing print versions of some of the episodes. Though now out of print, these works are still available today from booksellers online, under the titles of The Rest of the Story and More of The Rest of the Story, as well as the companion volumes titled For What It’s Worth and Destiny.
These days, I still love to listen to “TROTS”. (They make for great listening while walking, driving, etc...) I urge you to do the same. If you do, not only will you learn a lot of history, but you will likely be both entertained and blessed in the process as well.