No One Can Replace the Great Paul Harvey

Paul Harvey was the last of a generation of radio voices who pre-dated the influence and power of television and held people captive with a deep, commanding voice and homespun stories and twists on the news. At a luncheon in New York some years ago to honor Billy Graham, the then top three network news anchors -- Tom Brokaw, Peter Jennings and Dan Rather were in attendance -- ABC's Leonard Goldenson spoke of Paul Harvey, who was also in there, as having more listeners than the three broadcast newsmen. "Combined," said Jennings and everyone laughed. It was true.

Married to his beloved Angel for more than half a century, Paul Harvey was one of a kind. While many substituted for him as his health declined, no one can replace him. He is "the rest of the story" and his story will now be laid to rest as one of broadcasting's true greats.

Cal Thomas is America's most widely syndicated op-ed columnist. His latest book is "What Works: Common Sense Solutions for a Stronger America". Readers may email Cal Thomas at tcaeditors@tribune.com.