From: email@example.com (Joe Wiggins)
Subject: Paul Harvey source of UL's?
The following was published in a local paper (and therefore is true) as
excerpted from 'Paul Harvey's For What It's Worth' (Bantom Books), and
since it's from a book it MUST be true! These are purported to be Paul's
best wierd, but true, stories:
1. We visit Altoona, PA, where TV anchorman Brandon Brooks demonstrated
for his viewers how to protect their homes from burglars. He used his
own home to demonstrate... Double locks on doors, windows that will
not open from the outside, burglar alarms... Now it appears that
thieves were watching the program. They not only learned where the
double locks were, but where the TV set was and the VCR and the
furniture and other things. So a few nights later - while Brandon
Brooks was on the air back at the studio - the thieves broke into his
house and cleaned him out. That window that won't open from the
outside? They smashed it.
2. Police Chief Clifton Sullivan - Russell Springs, KY - got a call from
a lady who wanted her bachelor neighbor arrested for indecent exposure
The chief went to her house and witnessed for himself... The fact
was that the man next door was in his bathroom shaving. 'But,' the
chief said, 'with the bottom part of the man's bathroom window covered
as it is, I cannot tell if the bottom part of the man is wearing
anything or not.' 'But,' the woman said, 'Well, you just stand on
this chair and stand on your tiptoes and you'll see!'
3. Ed Ruffing reports in the Utica, NY, Observer-Dispatch. Burglars in
suburban Marcy were carrying the TV set down the driveway when the
next-door neighbor called out: 'Hey, are you going to fix her TV set?'
And the burglars called back, 'Yes.' And the neighbor asked, 'Mine
needs fixing, could you take it, too?' And the burglars said, 'Be
glad to.' And they did.
4. We visit Raleigh, NC, where a state cop stopped a drunken driver.
While he was ticketing the man, there was a multicar accident on the
other side of the divided highway. The highway patrolman told the
drunk to wait. The patrolman went across the highway to sort out the
accident. After awhile the drunk figured he'd waited long enough and
he drove on home and told his wife that if anybody asked she should
say he had been in bed with the flu all day. Within the hour, two
state patrolmen appeared at the home of the drunken driver and asked
to see him. He came from the bedroom wrapped in a robe and coughing
and wheezing. The patrolman asked if he'd been drinking that evening,
and he said he'd been sick in bed. They apologized for bothering
him and asked if they could take a look at his car. The drunk escorted
them to the garage and inside was - a highway patrol car, the blue
lights still flashing.
Gee, names and actual places and everything. Nice to finally find the
origins for these. I wasn't familiar with number 1, but I'd always
heard number 2 told as a joke, number 3 was in Reader's Digest 20 or
so years ago, and number 4 was in one of Brunvand's books.
Later... Joe 'Stan Kwenton is just a pen name' Wiggins