Paul Harvey, the voice, and Lynne "Angel" Harvey, the driving force, are broadcasting's longest running duo. Their daily network programs, including "The Rest of the Story," have origins that go back more than half a century. According to ABC Radio Networks, Harvey is the most listened to man on the air.
Now in or near their 80s, Paul and Angel Harvey formed a partnership that began in St. Louis. Today, the Harveys still maintain a river-bluffs farm in Jefferson County called Reveille. It's one of their links to St. Louis, where they met and married in June 1940. Angel, the former Lynne Cooper, grew up in University City and is a graduate of Washington University.When they met, one of the allures for Harvey was Lynne's white 1938 Nash Lafayette coupe. They still have the car. It's being fixed again at a garage in Rolla.
Paul Harvey jokes about how "that car had something to do with it," referring to their whirlwind relationship.
Paul Harvey still calls Angel "my St. Louis girl."
Their farm, north of Kimmswick, is a collection of well-kept white buildings in the rolling green countryside. The bluffs of the Illinois shore, across the Mississippi River, are in the distance.
Reveille is situated down a winding country road, past a trailer park, an ill-tempered spotted dog, a collection of small houses and pickups, and then, the massive entrance gate.
"It was probably a security blanket in the early years; a man needs an apple orchard to fall back on," Paul Harvey said.
The Harveys call it their Camp David.
The Harveys have owned their 300-plus-acre farm south of St. Louis for decades. We started writing this story of the Harveys and their farm - their pile of rocks, their barn, as Angel calls it - in 1993, during the Great Flood. But remodeling and other matters derailed that effort.
At the time, Harvey said: "I wish we could be more hospitable, but Simon Legree (referring to Angel), keeps me going, won't let me rest."
The Harveys' farm is near the village of Kimmswick, a place nearly lost in the flood. Harvey wrote about the flood and the indominable spirit of the townsfolk of Kimmswick and included it in his broadcasts.
Most people in lower Kimms-wick know the Harveys. Some of them haven't forgotten the day Harvey, in his yellow Cadillac, drove over the hoses pumping water out of the flooded village. He did it twice. It gave the National Guard fits.
In Kimmswick, no one, it seems, claims to know for certain just where the Harveys' place is. They'll give clues, but to hear them tell it, they just don't know for sure. It's a wonderful, small-town conspiracy of silence. But just about everyone in Kimmswick has a Paul Harvey story.
Mary Hostetter, of the Blue Owl Restaurant, says Harvey loves the Blue Owl's fresh rhubarb pie. "When he's here, we don't give away his identity," she said. "But then he talks, and everybody knows. During the flood, he came up here in a boat and shouted, `Got any pies left?' He's just a neat man."
Raking a vacant lot near his mobile home park, Carl Bossert said that when the Harveys are at Reveille, everyone knows it because of the big dark limousine that cruises up the road. "I like to listen to him, though, love the homespun yarns," Bossert added.
Reveille was once devoted to cattle, and now it's soybeans. It was where the Harveys stored Angel's Nash Lafayette and for a time, a prized antique piano. It's a family heirloom of Angel Harvey's, a restored Conrad Graf Forte-piano-macher, made in Vienna. It was found years ago at a farm in central Missouri.
Chickens had roosted in it, but it survived because of benign neglect, said the Harveys' son, Paul Jr., 45, who goes by his father's real surname, Aurandt.
Paul Jr. was a concert pianist and has dabbled in playwriting. He's a graduate of Chicago Musical College at Roosevelt University. But for the past 22 years, he's been a big part of the family business. He writes "The Rest of the Story."
"I'm convinced now I'm the only person in the world who can do it," said Paul Jr., sitting in his spartan office in the ABC studios in Chicago, dressed in a black turtleneck and blazer, looking not unlike a character out of "The X-Files."
"But `The Rest of the Story' is because of my mom. She saw the value of that, as something separate from other features in the news," Paul Jr. said. "And every six weeks or so we're approached by someone who wants a different venue for it, either a TV show or comic books, or something."
According to his mother, who calls him her baby, this was the first interview Paul Jr. agreed to do. He lives in a big house next to theirs in River Forest, Ill., an affluent western suburb most famous as the home of some of Chicago's best-known organized crime figures, some of them going back to the Capone era.
It's in the Harvey River Forest mansion, set back behind a curved driveway, where "Paul Harvey News" begins. He rises at 3 a.m. every weekday to work on his script, which is typewritten on yellow copy paper. He goes to bed at 6:30 p.m. Angel generally gets up at 6 a.m. and later heads for Chicago's Loop in a limousine.
They use limousines liberally, but Angel Harvey has a white car parked in the River Forest garage. It's a Rolls Royce. And next to it is Harvey's newest toy - a 1998 canary yellow Mercedes-Benz Kompessor SLK 230 convertible, license plate "ABC PH."
"This is something I drive when I don't want to attract attention," he said, looking over his shoulder to make sure Angel didn't see him in the garage. "Angel will have a fit if she sees us in here. She thinks it's too dirty. But when there're no birds and no clouds in the sky, then I drive it."
Nationally, no one in broadcasting has been at it longer than the Harveys.
"He has such a distinct style, like Lowell Thomas," said John Angelides, a former news director at KMOX, now a public relations my's politics adhere to the McCormick conservative credo, although Harvey did endorse the Equal Rights Amendment (Angel's influence) and opposed the war in Vietnam, under pressure from his son.
Last year, Angel Harvey was inducted into Chicago's Radio Hall of Fame, the first producer to be so honored.
"She's the smartest person I've ever met," said Bruce DuMont, head of the Radio Hall of Fame and its Museum of Broadcast Communications. "She's a visionary."