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Wheels Spinning in Blood

Joe Holley

Broadcaster Paul Harvey's passing last week prompted stories and anecdotes from both his fellow broadcasters and his many listeners across the country. One of those listeners was Michael McGill, who in the late 1960s was a junior Foreign Service officer assigned to the Economics Bureau at the State Department.

"I had to do a horrible two-week rotation along with most of my classmates that involved sitting in a small room looking at two TVs and listening to the radio on two shifts, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.," Mike recalled in an e-mail the other day. Three times a day, he had to send a memo to Sec. of State Dean Rusk that summarized electronic media commentary on American foreign policy.

His one big moment: "I got to tell the Secretary that Paul Harvey had come out against the war, and I quoted a great line from his commentary: 'It's time to stop spinning our wheels in all that American blood.'"

By Joe Holley  |  March 3, 2009; 5:51 PM ET
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