By Jim Langdon, 2006 inductee
Paul Harvey was coming to Tulsa, his hometown, to be the keynote speaker at the annual Salvation Army dinner, one of Tulsa’s biggest fundraising events each year, on March 15, 1994.
Our editor reached out to Paul Harvey’s office in Chicago requesting a telephone interview for a story in TulsaPeople magazine. One day, a few weeks later and during the lunch hour, our office receptionist came to my office and said: “Jim, Paul Harvey is on the phone and is ready to be interviewed.”
Yikes! No one except me to do it at that time. So, I picked up the phone and nervously interviewed a true legend in broadcast journalism.
It was easy and enjoyable for me because Paul basically interviewed himself. He had fond memories of growing up in Tulsa — despite it being during the Depression years — except that his father, Harry Aurandt — “a dirt-street lawman” — was killed in the line-of-duty when Paul was only 3. Paul and his older sister, Frances, were raised by a “loving, strong-willed mother.”
Read the story as it appeared in TulsaPeople magazine, March 1994.