Wednesday, December 21, 2005

In Memorium

Billy Sol Hargis
The Right Rev. Billy Sol Hargis, pastor of the First Church of the Gooey Death and Discount House of Worship, Del Rio, Texas - Home of Holyland USA, America's first truly religious amusement park, was part famed bawl & jump preacher Billy James Hargis and part infamous fertilizer tank con man Billie Sol Estes. A delerious invention of WNEW-AM air staffer Don Imus in the 1970s, he has grown away from such Carson-esque flights of fanciful satire for a more serious topical talk format in the past fifteen years.

Many national political, religious and media personalities are deftly quizzed by the sagacious I-Man on Imus in the Morning, also telecast on MSNBC. Since 1990, Imus has headlined a radiothon with New York radio station WFAN 660 AM that has raised over 50-million dollars to benefit the Tomorrows Children’s Fund, the CJ Foundation for SIDS, and the Imus Ranch for kids with cancer. The money, donated for exactly that same reason and by the same people who bought his books, funded the completion of the Don Imus/WFAN Pediatric Center for Tomorrow’s Children and the David Jurist Cancer Research facility, both located at New Jersey’s Hackensack University Medical Center. God bless him!


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