RUSH: It’s Dmitri in Burlington, Kentucky. I’m glad you called, Dmitri. It’s great to have you with us today. Hello.
CALLER: Hi. Hi, Rush. I’ve been reading the books to the kids, and we just went — I took my oldest daughter and her younger sister — to Washington, DC, and we’ve been reading the books while there. But my oldest wanted to make a request of you, if that’s all right.
RUSH: Sure. By all means. She can ask anything.
CALLER: Here she is. It’s Emily.
EMILY: Hello, Rush. It’s good to be on. I’m 11 years old, and I’ve got a request for you, but first I’d like to tell you a couple things. My dad has been reading your books to my sisters and I, and we just got the new one on Tuesday. I’m really excited, and we love the books because they teach us about the history and at the same time the lives of the kids who are there.
RUSH: You like the characters. You like the characters in the books.
EMILY: Yeah, I love ’em. (giggles) I love Liberty.
RUSH: Yeah. Everybody loves Liberty.
RUSH: Liberty’s cool.
EMILY: He’s a great character.
RUSH: Getting a big head now, but everybody loves him.
EMILY: Yep. Well, we just got home from Washington, DC, this morning, and it is fun to know about the Founding Fathers of America. We went to museums and got to share with friends what we knew and to learn more about them.
RUSH: That’s great. That’s great that you’re getting to do this.
EMILY: Yeah. My question is, could you make animated movies out of the books?
RUSH: Well, Emily, it’s interesting that you ask that question, because when I get questions like this, “Are you gonna do another book? Are you going to do a cartoon?” sometimes I can’t divulge the future and commit to things because I don’t know that we’re actually gonna do them. But in this case I can tell you that my wife, Kathryn, is burning with desire to create animated versions of these books.
It’s something that we really, really want to do.
I can’t say for sure that we will, anything can happen, and I don’t know a time frame. So I don’t want to tell you “yes” for sure and have you be disappointed. But you can be confident that it’s something we really, really want to do and have already begun looking into. It would be another way for the readers, people to enjoy the message of the book and spread the word, so to speak.
So I’m glad you like it. I really appreciate it. Thank you very much.
RUSH: Here’s Tiffany in Ringo, Georgia. Hi, Tiffany. I’m glad you called. It’s great to have you on the program. Hello.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. It’s wonderful to be with you today. I probably tried to call over 500 times and finally got through yesterday, and Snerdley had me call back today. So I’m really excited to talk to you.
RUSH: Congratulations. I’m glad you did.
CALLER: My husband and I are small business owners, we home-school our children, and through our business and raising our kids we want to show them through hard work that they can accomplish anything and that they can help other people through their accomplishments.
CALLER: What we were really excited about was back in November of last year when you came out with your first book, Brave Pilgrims.
CALLER: We told people that we were so excited the book was coming out, and we actually got two or three copies for gifts, and we read them. My kids have loved them. Next my kids got Exceptional Americans, and yesterday we got the American Revolution, and we are so excited to start this book. We just to want to thank you for putting it out there that, through history, the Americans — the people of this country — have worked hard.
CALLER: They have accomplished so much. We should be proud of our country. We should be proud of where we came from, and who we are, and I know I am. My children — who, of course, I love very much because they’re mine — through your books, they have just loved Liberty’s sarcasm, his wit. The kids will just crack up when we’re reading the books at night, and they find him just fascinating.
RUSH: (chuckles) Yeah.
CALLER: My daughter came up with an idea, and I don’t know if you’ve done it yet or not. But she would love to see Liberty become a stuffed animal, and you sell him through the Rush Revere website and help raise money for the military and for your nonprofit organization that you have.
RUSH: Well, we ran the idea by Liberty, and he resents being stuffed.
CALLER: (bursts out laughing) Well, I can understand. We own horses ourselves, so we understand that.
CALLER: We’re animal lovers. But it would be a wonderful representative of him and something that children could carry around. They could tell other people about Liberty and the stories from history. My daughter just thought it was a fun idea and a way to maybe even pay Liberty back a little bit for his sarcasm.
RUSH: I appreciate that. I really can’t tell you how much I appreciate all of this, how into it people are. Folks, this is just a dream. It’s a dream come true. These people that buy the book, they love it, they read it, and they want it to be even bigger. They’re calling with ideas for how to spread it and make it even bigger, which I profoundly appreciate. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it.
Rest assured, we have storyboards, drawing boards, all kinds of plans. I just can’t get into them with any specifics ’cause I don’t know what’s gonna happen and what isn’t specifically. But rest assured, there are grand ideas, because you all are making it possible. You all are feeding this. Again, I’m stuck for a way to express my gratitude. But, Tiffany, thank you so much. I really do appreciate it.