RUSH: We’ve had a young girl,10 years old, on the phone for a while now. Her name is Riley. Riley, I really appreciate your waiting. Hello.
CALLER: Thanks, Rush. I can’t believe I’m talking to you.
RUSH: Well, thank you very much for trying. I appreciate your getting through.
CALLER: I just called to comment on your book and a few things I’d like to tell you. Well, first of all, a couple weeks ago we made a snowman, okay? And a couple weeks later it melted into the exact profile of John Kerry.
CALLER: Yes. It was very strange.
RUSH: Profile of John Kerry snowman. (laughing)
CALLER: (laughing) Is it really true, are you really a harmless, lovable fuzzball?
RUSH: Totally. Totally. I’m one of the nicest, sweetest, quietest people you would ever meet. I’m one of the most humble people that you would ever run into, Riley.
RUSH: She’s laughing, but it happens to be the truth. You asked and I wouldn’t lie to you about it.
RUSH: If I were a mean person, I would tell you, and then I’d hang up on you.
CALLER: (laughing) Okay. My mom’s wanted to marry you since she was 15.
RUSH: Since she was 15. How old is she now, 18?
CALLER: She’s like, I don’t know, 30.
RUSH: Riley, hang on. Don’t go away, Riley. Be right back. Don’t hang up.
RUSH: And we’re back with 10-year-old Riley in Jefferson, Ohio. You did hold on, right?
RUSH: Oh, wonderful. Now, Riley, let me ask you a quick question. If I had said that I was not a harmless, lovable fuzzball, would your mother still have wanted to marry me?
CALLER: I don’t know. Would you?
RUSH: Oh, she’s asking her. Well, you don’t have to do that. You don’t have to put your mom on the spot. And I was just teasing about your mom’s age and so forth. You can tell your mom I’m very flattered by that.
CALLER: Probably. She probably still would want to marry you.
RUSH: You kind of let a secret out of the bag, didn’t you, when you told me that? ‘Cause you kind of whispered that. You said that real fast.
RUSH: Now, Riley, do you have Rush Revere and the First Patriots?
CALLER: No, I heard about it and I really would want it because, yeah, I heard about it.
CALLER: I’m excited. I’ve only listened to the first book.
RUSH: You’ve listened to the first book? Oh, you have the audio version of me reading it. Have you read it or just listened to it?
CALLER: I just listened to the audio book, but I do have the book, too.
CALLER: I just got that for Christmas.
RUSH: All right. Well, let me ask you this. Do you yet use a computer? Do you surf the Net?
CALLER: Yeah, my mom does.
RUSH: But you don’t?
CALLER: Yeah, but she can let me.
RUSH: ‘Cause here’s what I’m thinking. You’ve asked me some stuff, and you’ve given me a reason to talk about something. A, what I want to do, I want to send you the second book, Rush Revere and the First Patriots and the audio version I’m gonna send those out. So when we finish here don’t hang up and the nice man, Mr. Snerdley — not as nice as I am, by the way, he’s okay — he’ll pick up the phone and get your address so we can send it to you.
RUSH: But wait a minute. Also, what we’ve done, are you listening? ‘Cause I want you to hear this, since your mom surfs the Net. Are you still there?
RUSH: Okay. We get a lot of e-mails from people like you who have read the book, and they send us amazing pictures of themselves and their kids reading the book. We got one of the greatest videos just over the weekend of a young girl so excited, her book had just arrived. Her brother or somebody gave it to her and she ripped it open and they sent us that video. And we want people to check this out. We’re really building up the Social Center at the Rush Revere website, the Adventures of Rush Revere, which is actually at TwoIfByTea.com.
If you go there just find the Adventures of Rush Revere, and it will open up in the Social Center. That’s where people can send pictures, fan letters to Liberty or to Revere and videos or whatever, and it’s growing, and it’s just a great interactive thing. There are games and pop quizzes, tests, questions, all kinds of things that you can do there to further your experience with the books. It’s really, really cool. Now, here’s what else I want to do.
RUSH: Are you still there?
RUSH: Okay. Because what I want to do is send you and your mother a new iPad so that you can search the TwoIfByTea.com website for the Adventures of Rush Revere so that you can see what I’m talking about here. You can do it on your computer now, but you need a new iPad. These are the coolest.
CALLER: Yeah. Okay.
RUSH: Now, would somebody mean, would a troll do that for you? Or would a harmless, lovable little fuzzball do that for you?
CALLER: I don’t know. Probably a harmless, lovable little fuzzball.
RUSH: Exactly right. You’re so smart. You just one of the smartest girls I’ve talked to in a long time. So what I want you to do is hold on. Ask your mother what color of iPad would you like, black or white.
CALLER: I don’t know.
RUSH: Well, ask her. I’ll sit here and wait.
CALLER: Wait, what?
RUSH: Just ask her, white or black.
RUSH: No wrong answer. No wrong answer.
CALLER: Probably white.
RUSH: I knew it. Okay, fine. White it will be. So we’ll find that, and you hang on, Mr. Snerdley will be right back so you can give us an address that we can FedEx this to you.
RUSH: The iPad will come by itself and the new book and the audio version of the book will come in a separate package.
CALLER: Thank you so much.
RUSH: You are more than welcome. I’m glad you liked the book, and I’m glad you liked the audio version. I’m really flattered by that. And again, just a reminder now, Riley, when you go to TwoIfByTea.com, that’s where you find the Adventures of Rush Revere, and this great website there that we are really building up just for kids, well, everybody, actually, ’cause it’s cute for everybody. But it is a way to build on the reading experience of the book. It is a way to further interact with the characters. It is a way to send fan letters or pictures of you, yourself, with the book, and that’s how we get them and post them. We create this giant network, this community of people who love Rush Revere and Liberty. So just go to TwoIfByTea.com and find the Adventures of Rush Revere. You can’t miss it. Click on it and you’ll see the Social Center, and have at it. And, Riley, I appreciate the call.