Monday, March 02, 2009


I think he was....

The Chicago-based broadcast innovator and icon died over the weekend at age 90.

He read an abridged version Bo Lozoff's "An Impatient Letter To All Of Us From God," above, on his syndicated radio show in 1998. (NOTE: It's best to ignore the video, and just listen).

I used to tune in to him on the Armed Forces Radio Network in Spain, in 1985. He gave me a connection to home.

He will be missed.*

Good. Day.


*Harvey's death comes hot on the heels of three other Chicago broadcast deaths: former Chicago Bulls head coach and analyst Johnny “Red” Kerr, former Chicago Bull Norm Van Lier (a true gentleman, whom I waited on at Wishbone), and former Sun-Times and ABC-7 food critic James Ward.


  1. The work ethic of Paul Harvey and his integrity as a person was way above the norm. Paul Harvey was one of my favorites when I was growing up. Paul Harvey was a one of a kind and he will be missed.

  2. Rushdie dubs 'Slumdog Millionaire' ridiculous

    British-Indian author Salman Rushdie has attacked the plot of multiple Oscar-winning film "Slumdog Millionaire" as a "patently ridiculous conceit".

    Rushdie wrote in Britain's Guardian newspaper that the central feature of the film -- that a boy from the Mumbai slums manages to succeed on the Indian TV version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" -- "beggars belief."

    "This is a patently ridiculous conceit, the kind of fantasy writing that gives fantasy writing a bad name," the author of "The Satanic Verses" said in the article published Saturday.

    Rushdie said the central weakness of the film -- which won eight Oscars -- was that it was adapted from a book by Indian diplomat-novelist Vikas Swarup called "Q&A" which is itself "a corny potboiler, with a plot that defies belief."

    "It is a plot device faithfully preserved by the film-makers, and lies at the heart of the weirdly renamed Slumdog Millionaire. As a result the film, too, beggars belief," wrote Rushdie, who was born in Mumbai.

    Rushdie signed off a long lament about the quality of film adaptations of books by saying: "We can only hope that the worst is over, and that better movies, better musicals and better times lie ahead."

    The author last month marked the 20th anniversary of the Islamic death sentence imposed on him by Iran following the publication of "The Satanic Verses".

  3. Norm Van Lier was also a champion high school quarterback, to wit>

    His 1965 Midland (Pa.) High School basketball team, coached by Hank Kuzma, went undefeated and captured the state championship. Simmie Hill and Van Lier keyed the team's fortunes. He was also an all-star quarterback.

    "In fact, the University of Alabama tried to recruit me," Van Lier told me. "Well, sort of. You see, there were no blacks playing at Alabama [then], but I guess my last name threw them off.

    "Coach Paul 'Bear' Bryant sent one of his top assistant coaches to come talk to me at Midland High School. I was in class one day and got a call to go to the school's main office. That's where the assistant coach from Alabama checked me out. …

    "He said, 'I heard you are quite a quarterback.' Then he paused and said in his slow drawl: 'Boy … if I had known you was colored, I would have never come here.'

    "That was my introduction to blatant, overt institutional racism in America. …

    "Whenever I run into Kenny Stabler, I remind him of that story. I tell him that if I had been allowed to play at Alabama, he would have never become the great quarterback that he did for Bear Bryant, and then in the NFL. We both have a good laugh about it now."