SoCS – The Rest of the Story

It’s that time again. Linda challenges us to think and write on our feet – Stream of Consciousness Style. If you are curious what SoCS is all about, check out Linda’s post for all the details. Join the fun while you are there.

Today’s prompt is as follows:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “rest.” Use it any way you like. Enjoy!

If you are near my age and grew up in the States, then my subject line most likely triggered a memory for you.

Paul Harvey was an American Radio Broadcaster. He is a case of ‘sometimes life is better when you don’t know everything.’ I will explain more on that later.

He did a radio segment known as “The Rest of the Story”.  The segment consisted of a short story about a person or event and then at the end the story would end with a surprising twist. Then Harvey would conclude with his trademark phrase “And now you know the rest of the story”.

The story I recall most of all was a story about someone who crawled into a nuclear reactor where the fuel rods had suffered a partial meltdown. This person, with a team of other highly trained individuals, would each be lowered into the reactor for 90 second intervals to clean the reactor. The man was former President, Jimmy Carter.

Paul Harvey was very right wing and today, as an adult, I would object to him and the company he kept. But as a kid I was oblivious to that and I loved listening to his radio segments – the non-news segments of course. He was revealed to be friends with Joseph McCarthy and J. Edgar Hoover and rumored to be involved with some members of a very well known hate group.

Sometimes, knowing all the details about someone tarnishes your memories. And that, my friend, is truly the rest of the story..