by HB Auld, Jr.
A great American, Rush Limbaugh, passed away today of lung cancer. He was 70 years old.
Rush Limbaugh was born January 12, 1951, in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. He was born into a family of attorneys and judges and was the third generation to be named “Rush.” His grandfather, Rush Hudson Limbaugh, Sr., was named for a maiden aunt, Edna Rush.
Rush began his radio career at Cape Girardeau radio station KGMO at the age of 16 while still in high school under the radio name Rusty Sharpe. Throughout his early radio career, he worked under several other names . During the following decades, Rush worked at a number of radio stations throughout the US, usually being fired for one infraction or another (a common “affliction” of many young radio broadcasters). He eventually left broadcasting temporarily to work as an Events Salesman for the Kansas City Royals Major League Baseball team. He returned to radio in Kansas City in November, 1983, working under his own name. He began broadcasting his conservative radio talk show format while in Sacramento, California, in 1987, following the repeal of the Fairness Doctrine by Ronald Reagan, which decreed that radio broadcasts must be provided for opposing viewpoints. He broadcast his daily conservative talk show, eventually going national with it, from then until his death in February, 2021.
“Stop thinking we are a minority.” — Rush Limbaugh, February, 2009, national TV address.
A friend of mine posted the following elsewhere and I thought it was too good not to repost here:
“A Talent on loan from God, has been returned!” Truer words have never been spoken.
May Rush Limbaugh rest in peace!
God bless his family, God bless Rush Limbaugh, and God bless America.