April 5, 2020
By Mike Huckabee
From my show monologue:
Welcome to our 3rd Coronavirus Edition of the Huckabee Show, where we practice safe social distancing by keeping our theater empty and our minimal crew and team safely separated. I’m operating from my remote studio 460 miles from our theater. Like you, we are all ready to be back to normal, if there will ever be such a thing, but we also take the virus seriously and you should too. I’ve had friends and acquaintances who have been infected, and know personally a few people who have died from it. Those who scoff at the seriousness need to think about this-do you really think the NBA, Major League Baseball, NASCAR, the NCAA, the Masters and all other sports would shut down and lose billions of dollars if not for a real pandemic threat? Would entire nations impose absolute quarantines? Would major corporations close their doors? And would the President urge a virtual shutdown of our nation’s economy during an election year if this weren’t deadly serious?
I know there are some conspiracy theorists who say the scope of the danger is overblown, but few who say such things are public health experts. Perhaps we will find that there was an over-abundance of caution and some things could have been tempered, but in major cities, like NY, Chicago, LA, Detroit, New Orleans, Miami, and yes, Nashville, the cases have multiplied from both a densely populated area with lots of tourists coming in/out, but also because many people just didn’t take it seriously. Most churches in the nation have closed their on-campus services to conduct services online. A few kept open, but took extraordinary measures to try and protect the attenders.
One such church is The River at Tampa Bay Church...
HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE ON VIRAL PANDEMIC FROM READER BONNIE
(This originally posted to our newsletter on Tuesday)
Just thought you might enjoy a little history…
I remember my great aunt, Amelia Johnson, who was a head nurse at Cincinnati General Hospital during the 1918 flu pandemic, telling me about the 18-hour shifts, the patients lined out in the hallways and the fact that they could only make them comfortable, NOT do anything to really help them. She contracted the virus herself and nearly died. Her fever went up to 107 degrees and she lost all her hair. Both she and I found it incredible that she survived that.
She said she was one of the "lucky ones" because she lived, even though she was basically bald for the rest of her life. I was 16-18 when I knew her, and some of the girls at our college made fun of the fact that she wore a hairpiece. I would never have asked her about it, but one day when I was staying with her, she volunteered the information about how she lost her hair. I was incredulous!
The 1918 pandemic has never been just another story for me since then. I was a history and English major, and firsthand stories make it so much more than just an event. When I see the pictures of the crowded wards, I can picture her working there and paying a terrible price for her dedication. Her attitude was one of blessing though, as one of the "lucky ones."
When we are just asked to stay home a while, it's not so much by comparison. One of my sons works in an ER and I pray for him and them every day. God bless our healthcare workers and keep them safe.
From the Gov:
Thank you so much, Bonnie, for offering this perspective. Your great aunt truly was great, courageously offering comfort at a time when she knew little could be done to help her if she herself became ill. How wonderful that she chose to share her story with you...and ultimately with us.
SUNDAY IS COMING!
A week from now, we’ll celebrate Easter—to commemorate the Resurrection of Christ. One of the best Easter sermons I ever heard was titled, “It’s Friday, But Don’t Worry, Because Sunday is Coming!” It was a reminder that on the day Jesus was crucified, everything was dark, evil, and appeared hopeless. Those closest to Jesus were in fear for their own lives, and felt that all they had devoted themselves to for 3 years died on that cross. They saw their Master and their hopes and faith buried in a borrowed tomb. That was Friday. But then came Sunday. It was the day that 3 women went to the tomb to honor a man who was dead. Instead they were the first to know that what they had witnessed on Friday WASN’T the last chapter. We all have a lot of Fridays in our lives. Bad doctor reports; financial problems just to pay rent or buy groceries; a sick child; broken relationships. Yes, it’s Friday, but don’t worry because Sunday is coming. The coronavirus and what it’s done to us individually and as a nation is truly a Friday. Even if you’re never afflicted with the VIRUS, you HAVE been affected by complete shutdown of our economy, culture, and even our recreational activities. It’s definitely Friday. But don’t worry, because Sunday is coming. As we observe Palm Sunday this weekend, remember that the same crowd who screamed “crucify him!” was shouting his praise and screaming “Hosannah!” the week before. Let’s not get lost in our Fridays, because Sunday is coming. God is good. All the time. All the time, God is good. From all of us here at the Huckabee Show, thanks for joining us, stay safe, and remember that Sunday IS coming!
A COVID-19 Loss: Jazz Great Bucky Pizzarelli
By “Huckabee” writer/pop culture historian Pat Reeder
Bucky Pizzarelli, one of the greatest and most influential jazz guitarists of all time, has died at home in New Jersey at 94 of suspected coronavirus complications.
Pizzarelli’s lilting, rhythmic style kept him popular over eight decades. He joined NBC playing with Skitch Henderson in 1952, and was part of the Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show band in the ‘60s (he tuned Tiny Tim’s ukulele before Tim’s on-air marriage to Miss Vicki.) He performed for Presidents and alongside such musical icons as Frank Sinatra, Benny Goodman and Les Paul. In recent years, he’d battled several health problems but continued playing even after suffering a stroke. He retired from performing in 2018.
His sound was passed on to the next generation via his classical guitarist daughter Mary and his sons, bassist Martin and popular singer/guitarist John Pizzarelli, who said, “There will be some kind of tribute as soon as we can all get within 6 feet of each other.” Our deepest condolences to his family and his many, many fans.
If you’re under stress, as are we all these days, turn off the news for a few minutes and watch this clip of master and student, Bucky and John Pizzarelli, playing “Honeysuckle Rose” and “Route 66.” I promise it will put a smile on your face and lower your blood pressure by at least 10 points.
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TESTS GIVEN: 1,644,200
Source: The Covid Tracking Project
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WATCH "HUCKABEE" THIS WEEKEND
Everyone else may be shut down, but we have another new episode of “Huckabee” tonight on TBN to help make your social distancing more pleasant. Of course, some major newsmakers will give us the latest lowdown on the coronavirus and how to reignite our economy. But we’ll also talk to Dr. Lauren Wright about celebrity culture in politics. Rik Roberts will have some “man on the street” interviews about social distancing (don’t worry, he kept his distance.) Joe Castillo will share one of the most beautiful and inspiring performances you will ever see (I won’t say more and spoil the surprise, but this is a must-see.) And Chynna Phillips of Wilson Phillips will lift your spirits with a great song, straight from her living room to yours!
We’ll have all this and more, tonight on TBN at 8 and 11 EST, 7 and 10 CST, and the same times on Sunday. To find where you can watch TBN, from local cable and broadcast channels to streaming, visit https://www.tbn.org/huckabee and click on the “WATCH” menu at the top. You can also stream previous episodes, highlights and Internet-only “Digital Exclusives,” like extended interviews and extra performances by our musical and comedy guests. It’s all at https://www.tbn.org/huckabee.
Bible Verse of the Day (KJV)
"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: 2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; 3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; 5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; 6 A time to get,  and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; 7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; 8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace."
Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8