Leaders Greatly Missed…

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The Idle American

One was nationally renowned, known for the spoken word—the other, for words written down.

The former was radio newsman Paul Harvey; the latter—as eloquent in print as Harvey was on the airways—was William Arthur Ward.

They were genuine to the core. During these days when too much is called “fake news,” these inspirational giants deserve “top shelf” status, the kind one could take to the bank….


Both were day-brighteners, and they both died in this season of the year—Harvey , age 90, died a decade ago on February 28 and Ward, 72, a quartercentury ago on March 30.

Ward and Harvey were both as humble as they were gifted, and their words spread across America and beyond, thanks to radio and the printing press.

Harvey, a mainstay at ABC News in Chicago, offered radio commentary twice daily. It is remembered for his Rest of the Story. Ward, best known in Fort Worth, TX, served in various capacities—including Assistant to the President—during his 40 years at Fort Worth’s Texas Wesleyan University….



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