Little did I know that years later, as a pastor, I would be plundering Paul Harvey books for sermon illustrations.
I'm still a pastor type..though I've given up sermons. It turns out that many of Paul Harvey's classic stories (as well as i preach=lie for a living" )
my grandpa's) were urban myths (No Snopes yet); You know how
many "preacher stories" told as true stories are not true!It's partly another well-meaning Paul's fault : Paul Lee Tan. (See i preach=lie for a living" ) Anyway, one PH "rest of the story" story ...even if not true...always stuck with me. No one could tell it like Paul Harvey:
The Kilgore, Texas, News-Herald reports to our For What It’s Worth Department … Motorist removed unconscious from his wrecked car and carried to a nearby gas station. Then he came to. Opened his eyes and began to struggle violently. Eventually he was subdued and removed to a hospital. Asked later why he had struggled to get away from his rescuers – he explained. They’d taken him to a SHELL station. And somebody was standing in front of the “S" link
In a way, I think that anecdote may have inspired my now famous (oops, infamous), collection of funny signs. Note that several of them are a version of the missing letter (or burned out letter on the sign: HO--- DEPOT" etc) theme.
Like this cheesy one...