RUSH: Springfield, Ohio, Lacey. You’re next. Appreciate your patience. Hello.
CALLER: Thank you, Rush. How are you today?
RUSH: Pretty good. Pretty good. Thank you.
CALLER: Well, I just wanted to talk to you about your Rush Revere series. We went out — me and my wife went out — and bought all three of them. And my son has dyslexia, and he just… I’ve never been able to get him to read anything, so I kind of bribed him. I made him a deal: If he read just one, then I would get him an iPhone or whatever I could find cheaper.
RUSH: How old is your son?
CALLER: He’s 11.
RUSH: And you pro…? Wow. At 11. That’s cool.
CALLER: Yeah, he doesn’t… It’s like prying teeth to get him to read anything. So, you know, but he wants that. So he read the book. What’s great about it is I never asked him to read another one. I never bribed him to read another one. I never said anything about another book, I never mentioned it, and he’s actually reading them on his own. He just goes to his room, spends an hour or two a day reading.
RUSH: Is that right? That is just… Well, you’re tugging at my heartstrings here.
CALLER: Actually, it tugged at mine. I get goosebumps when I even think about it. He’s just… It’s amazing that something has got him interested enough to actually want to do it because it —
RUSH: What was —
CALLER: It gives him a headache to even read, so —
RUSH: What was the primary manifestation, problem for him, with dyslexia? What was it about reading that frustrated him?
CALLER: He just… It just takes too long. You know what I’m saying? It just takes him too long.
RUSH: Too long, too much patience, too much concentration?
CALLER: Exactly. The way he explains it to me, is he’s gotta read the sentence two or three times to understand it.
RUSH: Well, you tell him I have to do that every day with half the stuff I read — and I don’t have dyslexia — just to make sure I understand it.
RUSH: No, I’m not kidding. I read an essay by Henry Kissinger. I had to read every paragraph four times yesterday.
CALLER: Wow. (laughing) That’s dedication.
RUSH: Well, not every paragraph, but pretty much. Pretty much. No, no, you… Anyway, that’s one of the greatest compliments that we have received.
CALLER: Yeah. I just wanted to thank you for helping me figure out how to get him interested.
RUSH: Well, has he now read all three?
CALLER: No. He’s actually in the middle of the second one right now, but we have the third one waiting on him.
RUSH: Well, let me tell you. We’ve got the fourth one that’s in pre-order right now, Rush Revere and the Star-Spangled Banner. And it is going… It’s rivaling Star Wars out there for pre-order interest.
RUSH: I’m not making it up. It’s rivaling Star Wars in interest factor, and it actually hits the streets on the 27th of October. But I would like to send him one —
CALLER: That would be great.
RUSH: — when it comes out, and also the audio version. I record the audio version, so you tell him that for those moments when he just gets exhausted reading, he can plug in a CD and listen to me read it. And he can take a break from reading and he can stop whenever he wants and go back to it.
CALLER: Well, I definitely will.
RUSH: What kind of iPhone did he get?
CALLER: Well, actually I’m in the process. I’m still looking for the best deal, so —
RUSH: But that’s a big buy for a kid. An 11-year-old to get an iPhone, that’s huge.
CALLER: I have a line, but he doesn’t have a phone. I don’t… I’ve been… My wife’s been on me, she wants him to have one. I’m not a big fan, but I have an extra line, so I kind of made him a deal, so I’m gonna go with the deal. Obviously there will be restrictions, but —
RUSH: Let me tell you what to get. Let me tell you what to get. I’ll help you here. You can get an iPhone 5S probably for no money down on a contract, and it’s a four-inch screen. It’s small; he’s 11. It be perfect for him. It runs the latest operation system. It’s a great, great phone. It was top of the line when it was out. It’s a couple years old now. But it would be ideal and it wouldn’t cost you any money up front. I think it’s their free phone when you buy it on contract. I think that’s right.
RUSH: But, anyway, I want you to hang on here because I want to send you the fourth book the moment I have it in my hands. Well, I do have one in my hands, but I only have one. You know, I meant to bring it in today and wave it in front of the Dittocam and I got in a hurry so I didn’t bring it in. It’s a great, great cover. We’re just so excited about these things, and your story about your dyslexic son who actually has been made to like reading because of these? I can’t tell you how that makes our heart sing.
CALLER: Well, I feel the same way. I just wanted to call in and give you a big old thanks.
RUSH: Well, no, the thanks is from us to you. Hang on here so Mr. Snerdley can get an address where we can get you the Rush Revere and the Star-Spangled Banner when it hits. As I say, it’s in pre-order even as we speak. And there’s an important aspect about pre-order: It’s cheaper. It’s like 12 bucks. The retail list is $19.99, and it’s 12 bucks, I think. It floats, maybe, but last time I looked it was $12 for Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Books-A-Million pre-order. So, anyway, thank you again. I really appreciate that.