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Friday, September 14, 2012

Paul Harvey: The rest of his story

(Paul Harvey in 2005)
Although Paul Harvey broadcasted much about the lives of others, his own has remained somewhat of a mystery to millions of fans.

For example, many might be unaware that Harvey's father was murdered when Paul was only three years old.  This occurred as the result of an armed robbery.  Many might also be unaware that Paul proposed to the love of his life, Lynne Cooper, after only "a few minutes of conversation" (she said "yes" a year later, making for a happy rest of that story).

The religious life of Paul Harvey has also been somewhat unknown to the public.  Wikipedia reports that Harvey had been "a close friend of Reverend Billy Graham."  From approximately the mid-seventies to the mid-eighties, Harvey attended Calvary Memorial Church in Oak Park, Illinois.  Calvary's current website describes this church as "a diverse community who has been meeting… since 1915."  It is further described as non-denominational, Gospel rooted, God-centered, discipleship-focused, community-engaged, and mission-minded.

Wikipedia also explains that Harvey "associated with various congregations of different denominations."  One of these was the Camelback Adventist Church in Scottsdale, Arizona (the city where he and his wife often wintered). describes Harvey as "a convert to the Seventh-day Adventist Church" who
"was baptized into… [this] church around the year 2000."  This would explain why Harvey "often quoted Adventist pioneer Ellen G. White in his broadcasts…"


Copyright September 14, 2012 by Linda Van Slyke  All Rights Reserved


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