Rush Limbaugh tugged at the heartstrings of his listeners many times in the year since he revealed his cancer diagnosis, but his last show of 2020 proved especially poignant.
The entire three hours were melancholy, with Limbaugh striking a plaintive and reflective tone as he revealed that his doctors had not expected him to live to Christmas. He spoke of memories extending to his boyhood in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, when his hatred for school spurred his love for radio. He looked back on a career so long that I can truthfully say, along with many others whose parents were conservative baby boomers, that his distinctive baritone coming on the air after that signature riff from The Pretenders is one of the first sounds I remember.
Before his rise to fame in his late 30s, Limbaugh struggled profoundly. After his unpleasant grade school experience, he dropped out of college at 20, much to the chagrin of his father, a World