So many, like Mark and myself, have personal stories about Rush’s kind generosity. But there are millions of people who have never met him, some who are e-mailing me today, telling me they went to morning Mass with his intention in mind, that they have their whole family praying for him, wanting him to rest and be back for more excellence in broadcasting for years to come. It’s really a beautiful and remarkable thing to see how much of an impact he’s made on their lives. These aren’t talking heads. These are folks who try to listen in their cars, in their offices, at home. These are his fans, who are grateful to him, and who love the man. It’s not a cult-like American Idol phenom. It’s real, based on over two decades now of earning loyalty, through talent and hard work. The man devours, processes, and analyzes information like few others I’ve ever encountered — and we know around these parts quite a few who do such things for a living!
Sure, people are saying some immature, nasty things. My inbox has its fair share of evil thoughts coming into it. But that’s going to be when you’re effective. What’s really striking to me is the love and appreciation out there for him.