RUSH: Southwest Missouri, as we go next on the phones to Kay. Hi, Kay. Nice to have you on the EIB Network. Hello.
CALLER: Thank you, Rush. Since this is Father’s Day weekend, I wanted to tell you, Rush, how your grandfather personally influenced one of our sons when he was a freshman in college.
CALLER: Well, we’ve been fans ever since, you know, before Spatula City, but in about 1988 he was on a college break coming home to the southeast Missouri area where we live, but he was listening to you and he said, “I think Rush is going to be in Cape Girardeau, and I’d just love to go over there.” I think it was your grandpa’s birthday or something like that. So he was looking up addresses and stuff, and he said, “Well, now, the grandpa lives on a road,” he said, “Do you know where that is?” I said, “I sure do, and Millie lives on a lane.” I said, “Yeah, we lived there years before. I know where those are.” So he said, “Well, go with me, Mom,” and I said, “Okay.” So we went over to Grandpa’s house, and he walked up the long driveway, housekeeper came to the door, and your grandfather was there and he said, “You tell that young man to come in.” I sat out in the car, of course, you know, a long ways from the house, and they talked for an hour or two.
RUSH: It wasn’t that long away from the house.
CALLER: Well, it was a ways.
RUSH: It wasn’t that far way.
CALLER: I’m not talking about Millie’s house. I’m talking about Grandpa’s house.
RUSH: I know, but it still wasn’t that far away from the house.
CALLER: Okay, I mean it wasn’t set up on the road, but anyway, he went up there and talked to Grandpa, and he was thrilled. I said, “Don’t take papers, don’t take anything, just be yourself.” So I’d say your grandpa was a very good judge of character, too, but he came out and he said, “He’s brilliant.”
CALLER: And he was so proud of you, but I think of the things your dad said, you know, everything influences us. And I think he’s really influenced our son a lot in his life. He’s in academia now, and he’s even said, you know, I could do other things to make more money but it’s a calling to teach the next generation the truth. He’s a professor in the Midwest. He gets to teach as well as do research, but I wanted to thank you and let you know that little story about your grandpa since it’s Father’s Day.
RUSH: I really appreciate that. You know, in 1988 when this program started, people would get off of I-55 driving through Cape Girardeau and they’d drive through and they’d stop and see my mother and she’d open the door —
CALLER: Oh, yeah, we went by to see Millie, too.
RUSH: Yeah, yeah, yeah. I mean you’re calling her Millie, you didn’t know her before this.
CALLER: No, I did not know her but that’s the name I heard you call her, no, I did not know her.
RUSH: Well, we all became family, but people go by to see my grandfather, and he’d welcome them into the house. It was amazing.
CALLER: It was amazing that he let this young man come in, said to the housekeeper, “Tell that young man to come in here, I want to talk with him,” and he did, and he just said, “Mom, he’s brilliant.”
RUSH: Well, that he was. He was.
CALLER: Hm-hm. And I wanted to thank you to have that legacy of a grandfather, you know, we never knew your father —
RUSH: You know, every family has a mythological patriarch. Every family has a patriarchal figure about whom attaches a bunch of mythology. In my grandfather’s case most of it’s actually true.
CALLER: It is.
RUSH: Never smoked, never drank, never cussed. Honest to God, I don’t remember ever hearing a critical word about anybody from him. Now, he had people who disagreed with him and so forth —
RUSH: — but around us he lived up to that mythology that everybody attaches to their family patriarchs, and growing up we were urged to emulate it.
RUSH: He was a great role model, and it was a once in a lifetime experience to have Rush Limbaugh as a member of your family.
CALLER: I guess so. And I just wanted to tell you again thank you, because I really thank you, all the bits and things that inclines the kind of person we turn out to be, and our son’s turned out, our whole family, all the kids are great.
RUSH: What is your son teaching? You say he’s in academe.
RUSH: Teaching business. That’s good. That’s crucial. That’s important.
CALLER: He’s teaching business and he teaches the truth and —
RUSH: That’s even more important.
CALLER: It’s very important, and you would be proud of the way he teaches. Very proud.
RUSH: Well, I’m sure I would. It’s great that you called. I’m flattered that you made it. There’s something cosmic about the fact that you were able to get through today with all the other people trying to get through —
RUSH: — you found an open line.
CALLER: Yes. It was Father’s Day weekend, so I wanted to let you know that.
RUSH: What part of southwest Missouri do you live in?
CALLER: I live in Springfield.
CALLER: Yeah. But we didn’t live in Springfield. We lived in southeast Missouri at the time. Actually we lived in Cape Girardeau when you were in high school, too. You were there in ’67, weren’t you?
RUSH: Oh, yeah. Oh, yeah, ’67 was actually my first year as a disc jockey.
CALLER: Yeah, we knew your cousin, Stephen.
RUSH: (interruption) The Bible study thing, that didn’t happen on the radio. She wouldn’t know about the Bible study trick.
CALLER: I don’t know about the Bible study.
RUSH: No, no, no. Know your American history contest, you would only have known about that if you were watching the local news one night, and you’d need an incredible memory.
CALLER: Okay, no, I don’t —
RUSH: Anyway, Kay, thank you very much, and I really appreciate it. Happy Founding —
CALLER: Thank you.
RUSH: — Father’s Day weekend to you, too.
RUSH: All right.
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