MORE FROM PAUL HARVEY #2

Here’s another timeless item from Paul Harvey’s For What It’s Worth:

Our For What It’s Worth Department hears from Pretoria, South Africa . . .

     Where a newspaper has been trying to correct a classified ad.

     Because the ad, as it was first printed, said, quote:

     The Rev. A.J. Jones has color TV set for sale.  Telephone 555-1313 after 7 p.m. and ask for Mrs. Donnelley who lives with him, cheap.

     So . . . the next day the Pretoria paper printed a correction, quote:

     We regret any embarrassment caused to Rev. Jones by a typographical error in yesterday’s editions.  It should have read, “The Rev. A.J. Jones has color TV set for sale, cheap.  Telephone 555-1313 and ask for Mrs. Donnelley who lives with him after 7 p.m.”

     Then the next day . . . the paper said:

     The Rev. A.J. Jones informs us he has received several annoying telephone calls because of an incorrect advertisement in yesterday’s paper.  It should have read, “The Rev. A.J. Jones has color TV set for sale.  Cheap.  Telephone after 7 p.m. 555-1313 and ask for Mrs. Donnelley who loves with him.”

     ONE DAY LATER . . .

     Please take notice that I, the Rev. Jones, have no TV set for sale.  I have smashed it.  I have not been carrying on with Mrs. Donnelley.  She was until yesterday my housekeeper.

     Yesterday one more ad:

     WANTED a housekeeper.  Telephone the Rev. A.J. Jones 555-1313.  Usual housekeeping duties, good pay, love in.

     End quote.

November 8, 1978

4 Responses to “MORE FROM PAUL HARVEY #2”


  1. 1 Abby July 11, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    HaHaHa! I always loved listening to Paul Harvey with my Grandma. He’s irreplacable.

    This is a great story to use with my English students!

    • 4 solosocial July 12, 2012 at 6:44 pm

      Yes–then again, maybe not. He might have gained a girlfriend, or even a wife, after the last advertisement was posted! And she might have had a new color TV–though they’d be too busy having sex to watch it!


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