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Sunday, March 01, 2009 |
( 3/01/2009 11:22:00 AM ) Bill S.
THE HARVEY GUY: Couldn't let the weekend go by without acknowledging the death of Chicago radio legend Paul Harvey. The man was a staccato conservative voice for decades, with a style that hearkened back to earlier days of commercial radio. I used to hear him at a teen in Arlington Heights, IL., on the weekends -- and, if I didn't agree with his politics, he still had a kind of honesty in his presentation that his followers can't come close to mustering. Ain't a lotta right-wing radio voices these days who would even dream of changing their mind on a major conservative touch point, but Harvey famously did so on the Vietnam War. R.I.P. Paul.
For this lover of underground comix, Harvey holds another significant place: he reportedly served as the inspiration for Skip Williamson's cranky conservative caricature Rag-Time Billy.
(Image taken from Williamson's Lambiek entry.)