24 JAN 02: GOOD

Paul Harvey reached audiences way beyond
the windy city in 1951, when he began his coast-to-coast “News and Comment”
on the ABC Radio Networks. On May 10, 1976, Mr. Harvey began another series
of programs on the ABC Radio Networks entitled “The Rest of the Story”,
which delve into the forgotten or little known facts behind stories of
famous people and events.

    Today, Paul Harvey
“News and Comment” and “The Rest of the Story” can be heard every Monday
through Saturday. Paul Harvey News is the largest one-man network in the
world, consisting of over 1200 radio stations, 400 Armed Forces Network
stations that broadcast around the world, and 300 newspapers.

    Paul Harvey’s reach
continues to broaden in the 21st Century, as “News and Comment” is streamed
on the world wide web twice a day.



“A thousand years ago, a civilization more
sophisticated and more powerful than any other in the Western Hemisphere
north of Mexico grew up and florished in the rich Mississippi River bottom
land of southwestern Illinois.

    “These native American
people – who are called Mississippians by archaeologists – supported a
population as large as 20,000 at their zenith with a wid-scale agricultal
economy based primarily on the cultivation of corn. The crops they grew
combined with the region’s bountiful wildlife and indigenous plants to
form a stable, year-round food supply. Such stability and ties to the land
gave rise to the formation of permanent settlements that grew into an extensive
network of communities with a regional center of metropolitan proportions.

    “The sedentary lifestyle
of the Mississippians made possible other hallmarks of advanced civilization:
widespread commerce; stratifed social, political, and religious organization;
specialized and refined crafts; and monumental architecture, here in
the form of earthen mounds covering up to 14 acres and rising as high as
100 feet.

    “Their extraordinary
success continued for five centuries until, for reasons still unknown,
the sun set on the Mississippians as it had on the great Mayan, Egyptian
and Mesopotamian people before them. Finally, when agencies of the state
of Illinois carried out the first scientific investigations of the area
in the 1920s, the true extent of this vibrant culture began to emerge.

    “The remnants of the
Mississippian’s central city – now known as Cahokia for the Indians who
lived nearby in the late 1600s – are preserved within the 2200-acre tract
that is the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site. Located just eight miles
east of downtown St. Louis, Missouri, near Collinsville, Illinois, Cahokia
was designated a World Heritage Site in 1982 by the United Nations Educational,
Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for its vital contribution
the understanding of North American prehistory.”


22 JAN 02:  

from the Penguin
Dictionary of Symbols

“In the Buddhist world, cats, along with
snakes, are blamed for being the only creatures left unmoved by the death
of the Buddha, something which might be considered from another angle as
a sign of higher wisdom.

“To the North American Pawnee Indians,
the wild cat is the symbol of cunning, forethought and ingenuity: ‘it watches
in crafty consideration until it can achieve its ends.’ For this reason
it was a sacred animal which could only be killed for religious reasons
with a set ritual.”