“A great tree has fallen, an empty place has opened up against the sky.”
These were the words that Paul Harvey Jr. opened with last Saturday, March 7, a quote from his father’s send-off for President Franklin D. Roosevelt. I am sure that the 200 mourners at the Fourth Presbyterian Church on the Magnificent Mile in Chicago had agreed.
The man who created the words “skyjacker,” “Reaganomics” and “guesstimate” has left the earthly plane, and the outpouring of emotion across the nation shows how much he is missed.
Via The Washington Post:
The son recalled his father’s start on radio for the 200 mourners at the Fourth Presbyterian Church on the Magnificent Mile. When his father first applied for a job on radio, he was given a broom and told to sweep up, Harvey Jr. said.
He went on to share the wealth of accomplishments his father had accumulated over the decades. From the Presidential Medal of Freedom presented to Mr. Harvey in 2005 to his induction into the Radio Hall of Fame (an honor he shared with his wife, the woman he always referred to as “angel”), there was a hefty list.
What I will miss the most, small as it is, is the sound of Paul Harvey’s voice with its staccato delivery saying, “And now — for News!”