Earlier this year, America lost one of its greatest voices. Legendary newscaster Paul Harvey passed away at age 90 after seven decades in radio. Although his was one of the most recognizable voices around, very little was known about the man behind the voice. But thanks to Paul J. Batura's wonderful biography Good Day! The Paul Harvey Story, fans of the late broadcaster can discover the true story behind one of the most popular broadcasters who has ever lived.
Paul Harvey came from humble beginnings in Tulsa, Oklahoma and throughout his life never lost connection with his Midwestern values. He faced tragedy early in his life when his policeman father was shot and killed when young Paul was only three years old. His mother raised him as best as she could through good times and bad. Finally with the assistance of a high school teacher he was launched onto the career that would last a lifetime and touch the hearts and minds of millions of Americans.
Mr. Batura draws on many of Mr. Harvey's life experiences to draw a more complete picture of not only his career but the elements from his upbringing and life experiences that shaped him as a person. Mr. Harvey had his fair share of setbacks before finally reaching national prominence including getting fired from one job and being discharged from the military just a few short weeks after enlisting. But rather than allowing these setbacks to discourage him, Mr. Harvey saw them as life experiences to help shape him as a person.
Mr. Batura also explores the importance that Mr. Harvey's faith played in shaping his beliefs, explaining how Mr. Harvey used his broadcasts to help spread the message of what was good and right in America. Mr. Harvey could be fairly described as a patriot and a man who deeply loved his country. He was unique in that he was one of the few broadcasters who unabashedly showed his love for America.