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Harvey eulogized in his own words

March 08, 2009|Times Wire Reports

The son of radio legend Paul Harvey used his late father's words for the broadcaster's eulogy at a public funeral in Chicago, the city from which Harvey launched his national news and commentary show.

"A great tree has fallen," said Paul Harvey Jr., quoting his father's send-off for President Franklin D. Roosevelt. "An empty place has opened up against the sky."

The broadcaster died Feb. 28 in Phoenix. He was 90.

His son recalled Harvey's start for the 200 mourners who gathered at the Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago. When his father first applied for a radio job, Harvey Jr. said, he was given a broom and told to sweep up.

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