Hearing ‘The Rest of the Story’ programs by Paul Harvey was always a treat. It has been several years since I’ve heard one on the radio. I found this book last year and finally picked it up off the shelf and read it. Most of the anecdotes are about 2-3 pages, all of them were interesting. I’ll share a few here that I found especially captivating, without his signature suspense…
Chicago’s O’Hare airport is named for Butch O’Hare, a WWII hero, the Navy’s number-one ace, and the first naval aviator to win the Congressional Medal of Honor. The rest of the story centers around Butch’s father. Artful Eddie worked for Al Capone in the 1920’s Chicago and lived comfortably. He had no reason to turn on the master crook, but he did. He made a decision to go straight for his son. Capone’s men ended up killing Butch’s dad but without going against Capone, Artful Eddie’s son might not have ever had the opportunity to be the war hero he became.
A novel named ‘Futility’ described a gigantic ship which sunk after hitting an iceberg in the Atlantic. The ship’s name was Titan, and along with the name and demise, it also shared similar dimensions to the real-life Titanic. With all of the similarities, ‘Futility’ is still considered a work of non-fiction, with no copyright infringements. The reason is because the book was written in 1898, fourteen years before the Titanic set off on it’s fateful voyage.
In New Zealand, an old salt known as Pelorus Jack was known for leading vessels through the dangerous Cook Straight. For years Jack led many boats through the challenging waters for no fee, as a kind of retirement. After a long time in service, Jack disappeared and many knew that his time had come. The rest of the story is that the Maori natives had a story that two men fell for the same maiden. The one who lost the woman went into a rage and killed the other man and woman. The punishment was for the man to forever be reincarnated to be the Pilot of Pelorus Sound. Jack was a Dolphin, and many of the locals believed he was this reincarnation.
All of the stories had that Paul Harvey signature, a very enjoyable feel of suspense as you read. As the stories are all short, it makes is so difficult not to glance at the end of the story and reveal the rest of the story too soon! This was a great read and different twist on history.