I started listening to Rush in 1992 in Mukilteo, Wa, after getting out of the US Navy at 22. Rush became a part of my day, and I felt like I've lost a big brother. I cannot tell you how much I and millions of others will miss our beloved, Maha Rushie. Everyone has a favorite episode, and I can tell you mine... Around 1993 or 1994 coming from Wisconsin back to Washington on I-90 a caller was on with Rush and asking him to do her favorite impersonations, Jackson, Jefferies, Sasser, etc., and I guarantee you he made his entire audience laugh out loud. He was so humble and reluctant to do all, but he did them anyway because she asked. I would love to hear that episode again. He had a contest a year of so back, and I sent him some pictures of my family to him, telling him about my mom and dad's unique story about coming to the USA in the early '50s escaping communism in Hungary and Germany, respectively. It has made me into the American I am today. He must have been touched, because one of the staffers reached out to me, and then sent me a T shirt. I never got the chance to win the 1-800-282-2882 "lottery" and believe me I tried, and throughout the years I felt Rush, and we, the audience grew old together, and we all shared triumph and tragedy as a family. I will never forget the end of the broadcast last year, when he told the world about his diagnosis. It brought back the memories of my mom, who passed from the same disease in 2003, so I knew to cherish every moment. I am so broken hearted for Kathryn, and David, have prayed for Rush, and you all for God's grace. May the good Lord Jesus Christ accept his newest anchorman into His Kingdom. Conservatism has lost THE Greatest voice it could ever have had. I will miss you brother Rush....
Lester and Selena Schmied
February 25, 2021