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And now you know, the rest of the story


POSTED: Monday, February 4, 2013 - 8:07pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 - 11:45am

Even if you didn't see the Super Bowl, you've seen and heard or heard about a lot of the commercials which everyone talks about for a week.

My wife came and got me last night and replayed the Paul Harvey/farmer/truck commercial for me. Sometimes a brilliantly written and expertly spoken narrative with dramatic pictures can move a person to tears. And that's what that commercial did to me.

If anything captured the America I know and love that 120 seconds did. I like you came from a long line of farmers, ranches and weekend novices like me, it struck home.

Paul Harvey has been gone for three years now and boy, do I miss his baritone insight every day at noon.

I knew there was something special about that man when even as a child, riding in a car with my father with his hand around my waist-- there were no seat belts back then-- I had to be quiet while the man on the radio spoke.

Years ago, I worked in Nashville. A radio friend of mine named Keith Bilbrey met Paul Harvey at a radio convention there in Music City. Asking for all radio people who wanted to know how in the world Harvey came up with that pause at the end
of his daily reports when he'd say, "Paul Harvey..................................................good day."

When asked, Paul Harvey looked at my friend with a twinkle in his eye and said, as I was wrapping up my broadcast, I glanced at the clock and saw I had 10 more seconds left.

Necessity is the mother of invention.

Now dare I say, "now, you know the rest of the story?"

I miss Paul Harvey. It was great to hear him again last night.

That's my point of view, what's yours?

You can email me at or Facebook me at KETK Neal Barton.

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I miss him to!

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