The Best of Paul Harvey. {Super Bowl’s Ram “God Made a Farmer” ad}

Via David McConaghay
on Feb 3, 2013
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Did you see Ram’s beautiful “And God made a Farmer” Super Bowl ad? It features the narration by one Paul Harvey.

(For more info about it, click here.

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For me, it was the only one of the bunch that really stuck out.

So I got curious, and the result is this-here curated Paul Harvey content. Enjoy!

Letter from God

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Harvey’s messages are steeped in the language of Christianity, which he uses as a vehicle for elucidating core, universal truths. I find his intermingling of conservative and progressive sentiments a bit befuddling, but ultimately quite pleasing.


“If ‘pro’ is the opposite of ‘con,’
what is the opposite of progress?”


What is a Policeman?

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The Testing Time

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“If there is a 50-50 chance something will go wrong,
then 9 times out of 10 it will.”



Bonus — this goofy, college-project biography of Harvey.

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Super Bonus — more football!

A Tribute to Lombardi

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About David McConaghay

David Telfer McConaghay was conceived in Toronto, born in North Carolina, and lived in Washington D.C. and Tokyo before arriving in Minneapolis at the age of 8. At 16 he moved to Connecticut, and has since inhabited D.C. for four more years, an island in Wisconsin, an ashram in Northern California, a national park in Maine, and taught English in Guadalajara, Mexico, and Bogota, Colombia before landing in Boulder, Colorado at the start of 2011. He loves all humans, but feels unique fondness for Jorge Luis Borges, Swami Sivananda, and Lionel Messi. David's personal website is He is an ambassador for and you are invited to email ElephantGentleman at gmail dot com or follow him on Twitter.


8 Responses to “The Best of Paul Harvey. {Super Bowl’s Ram “God Made a Farmer” ad}”

  1. barack says:

    The guy was a redneck homophobe who was for gmo farms. What a douche. It shows how screwed up America is when we cry for corporations that put crap in our foods to kill our children. This ad makes me sick;

  2. DaveTelf says:

    As a commenter aptly observed below another blog about this commercial (,

    "What was a revelation to me about the farmer ad was that in memorializing and purporting to celebrate farm families and their way of life, the ad *highlighted the fact that they're gone*. Earl Butz said get big or get out, and they did. And during that painful transition, rural America emptied out into the cities, giant companies took control of the inputs to, infrastructure surrounding and distribution of farm products, and we made a massive cultural shift toward suburbanization and all that goes with it.

    I think hearing Paul Harvey's voice and seeing those pictures of those incredible farmers and their families struck a collective chord because it catalyzed us to recognize another milestone in the hollowing out of our society…

    I think that commercial wasn't about trucks or farmers, I think it was about us and what we miss about being connected to each other."

    I think she's right.

  3. […] and I’d hear my dad walk in the kitchen, pour his first cup of coffee and turn on the radio. Paul Harvey‘s voice thus wafted into my bedroom regularly, and, along with the smell of fresh brewed […]

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