RUSH: This is Jay in Denver. Jay, thanks for the call. Great to have you here. Hello.
CALLER: Thank you, sir. Longtime listener, first-time successful caller. I wanted to make a couple comments about your book, Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims.
RUSH: Yes, sir. Thank you.
CALLER: I’m sorry. I’m kind of nervous. It’s the first time I’ve been able to get a hold of you. I don’t want to put down in any way your work as a radio talk show host, but I think with the books you’ve found your true calling, sir.
RUSH: Wow. That’s a really nice thing to say.
CALLER: And the reason why I say it is because I’ve been trying for many years to get my children interested in history, and I read the first book with them, and they loved it. But then this time when we went to the store to get a birthday present for my daughter, I found your second book and I bought it, and my girl read it in a day.
RUSH: In a day? Wow.
CALLER: And then my little boy, my 9-year-old boy, he sat down and read it in a day also and he’d never been a big reader, and he’s reading it right now for the second time.
RUSH: Now, when you said at first that you sat down and read with him, do you read it to them or do they read it themselves and you’re just with them reading along?
CALLER: Well, the first book I read to them. But this one they read themselves.
RUSH: And how old did you say they are, 9 and 11?
CALLER: Yes, sir, 9 and 11.
RUSH: Well, Jay, this is fabulous. I don’t know what to say. I’m the best at radio there is, and you say there’s something I’m better at, I mean, I’m speechless. (laughing)
CALLER: I wanted to say that I think with radio you touch adult listeners. It’s very hard to change their minds and it’s very hard to influence them, but the way that you’re influencing kids and you’re counteracting all the junk that they get out in the world, and I think it’s really going to change lives even more than your radio show.
RUSH: Well, again, let me tell you how much I appreciate, and why, what you’re saying. I know that kids are never gonna listen to a talk show like this. They’re not gonna be interested in this kind of thing. It’s gonna be above them and in some cases parents wouldn’t want their kids to. You never know the subjects that are gonna be discussed. And yet I want to reach ’em. I wish they did listen. I wish there was a way a program like this was interesting to kids.
So my wife had the idea, Kathryn had the idea of doing this as a way of expanding the demographic, per se, expanding the audience but actually with a sense of a mission, to actually reach young people and tell them the truth of the country’s founding in a way that made it enjoyable and exciting to learn about it. Because, you’re right, history, to me it’s fascinating. To a young kid it’s the past, and it’s this and that, it’s not relevant, and, depending on how it’s presented to them, it’s very boring. So that’s what we try to tackle here. And with your assessment of the success, you’re validating the way we went about it and I just can’t thank you enough. This is over-the-top great.
CALLER: Well, I’m the one that has to thank you. My girl told me yesterday that she loves history and that’s the first time I’ve heard anything like that from her.
RUSH: Well, man, I tell you what, I want you to hold on, and I want to send you and your kids a bunch of stuff here from the Adventures of Rush Revere collection. A couple of Ted-Tea Bears and the audio versions of both books, and I’ll tell you what. You know what? I’ll tell you what we’re gonna do here, Jay, in the event — ahem — that there is another one, you will be among the first to get a couple copies, if there is another one, ahem. So, Jay, hang on, appreciate it very much. Tell your kids thanks from all of us as well.
I don’t know how to properly thank people. It just doesn’t seem like it’s enough to say “thank you.” I don’t want to go overboard on it, but I want to properly reflect my appreciation for it, ’cause it is something that I’ve never done before and it was a challenge. It is an ongoing challenge to find ways to write the truth in history in a way that a kid would want to devour it and want even more of it. So, Jay, don’t hang up. Mr. Snerdley will pick up here in just a second.