RUSH: We have a 9-year-old on the phone from Cherryfield, Maine. This is Riley. Riley, thank you for calling. It’s really great to have you on the program today.
CALLER: It’s great for me because I’ve been waiting all summer for someone to pick up and today I got lucky.
RUSH: You’ve been waiting all summer to get through to the program?
CALLER: All summer and almost all winter.
RUSH: Wow. And you’re 9 years old. What did you want to get through to do, what did you want to say?
CALLER: I wanted to tell you how great you are and that you’re the smartest person I know, and, if you taught me in school, I would even want to go to school on weekends.
RUSH: Meaning you want to learn?
RUSH: You just want to acquire knowledge; you want to learn, so much so that you’d be willing to go to school —
CALLER: Yes, and especially with you, ’cause you’re the smartest man I know.
RUSH: Nine years old. Awe, that’s amazing, Riley. I’m speechless. I don’t know — I don’t know what — how many people do you know?
CALLER: A lot.
RUSH: (laughing) Oh, man. This is incredible. Well, what do you like learning the most?
CALLER: I like math the most.
RUSH: Math. We talk about math a lot here in related ways, we do. We do. You know, you’re 9 years old. Do you know yet what you want to do? Has that occurred to you? Or are you just open-minded and —
CALLER: I want to be in the military and I’m already a farmer.
RUSH: You’re already a farmer, and you want to be in the military. Nine years old. So what grade does that put you in, third grade?
CALLER: I’m going into fourth.
RUSH: Going into fourth grade. Yeah. Well, let me see. Riley, I’m just gonna ask you, have you read the Rush Revere —
CALLER: I’m reading it, not right now.
RUSH: Which one?
CALLER: I’m done reading it.
RUSH: The first one. Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims.
CALLER: Yep. And the Brave Pilgrims.
RUSH: Right. Well, I tell you what, if you’ll hang on here, Mr. Snerdley will get your address up there in Cherryfield, Maine, and I want to send you a gift package of stuff from us here at the EIB Network as a measure of thanks to you and your parents for giving this program, what we do here, so much of your time and attention. And I can’t tell you, Riley, how gratifying it is that you find it worthwhile.
And I’m extremely appreciative of your compliments and your kind words to me. And I hope that you continue this desire to learn. I didn’t get it until I quit school, strangely enough. I really was not overcome with the realization that I was gonna have to acquire knowledge ’til I quit. I didn’t like school at all. And so if you’ve got this fever for learning at 9, there’s no stopping you. I hope that keeps up for you.
CALLER: For me, too.
RUSH: It will. It will. Keep on the phone here, don’t hang up so we can get your address to send you the goody package. That’s 9-year-old Riley in Cherryfield, Maine.