A lot of younger people don’t remember Paul Harvey. I do. He was the voice of radio for much of America for many years, and if Paul said it – it was like the gospel. Never afraid to give his opinion and fiercely proud to be an American. Here is what Wikipedia has to say about him:
Paul Harvey Aurandt (September 4, 1918 – February 28, 2009), better known as Paul Harvey, was an American radio broadcaster for the ABC Radio Networks. He broadcastedNews and Comment on weekday mornings and mid-days, and at noon on Saturdays, as well as his famous The Rest of the Story segments. From the 1950s through the 1990s, Harvey’s programs reached as many as 24 million people a week. Paul Harvey News was carried on 1,200 radio stations, 400 Armed Forces Network stations and 300 newspapers.
Near the end of Super Bowl XLVII there was a Dodge Ram commercial that used 2 minutes of a 2:30 talk from Mr. Harvey that captured everyone’s attention, and deservedly so. I want to include the video here for those who missed it and because it uses some great images, I will use the actual commercial rather than simply an audio of this terrific speech. Below the video you will find the transcript of his actual talk with the 30 seconds that were not used on Sunday in brackets. And following that I have added another of Paul Harvey’s remarkable talks well worth your consideration. Enjoy.
And on the eighth day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said I need a caretaker- So God made a Farmer.
God said I need somebody willing to get up before dawn, milk the cows, work all day in the field, milk cows again, eat supper then go to town and stay past midnight at a meeting of the school board – So God made a Farmer.
[I need somebody with arms strong enough to wrestle a calf and yet gentle enough to deliver his own grandchild; somebody to call hogs,tame cantankerous machinery, come home hungry, have to await lunch until his wife’s done feeding visiting ladies, then tell the ladies to be sure and come back real soon, and mean it – So God made a Farmer]
God said I need somebody willing to sit up all night with and newborn colt, and watch it die, then dry his eyes and say maybe next year. I need somebody who can shape an axe handle from a persimmon sprout, shoe a horse with a hunk of car tire, who can make a harness out of hay wire, feed sacks and shoe straps, who at planting time and harvest season will finish his forty hour week by Tuesday noon and then, paining from tractor back, will put in another 72 hours – So God made a Farmer.
Among the people often least respected in today’s political climate are several that should be the most respected: Farmers, Soldiers, and Teachers.
The simple truths, stated with clarity. Ahh, the power of words. I hope it will not continue to be a lost art.