Glenn Beck speaks during the Dish Network War Of The Words at Hammerstein Ballroom on September 13, 2012 in New York City. (Photo: Getty Images)
Ahead of Glenn Beck's 6th of July "Man in the Moon" event in Utah, ABC4 News in Salt Lake City published an article about a "kinder, gentler" Beck than what is commonly portrayed in the media.
Describing him as "uncharacteristically somber" about his personal success but "genuinely excited" about all that he and his company are set to produce, author Brent Hunsaker said it has been six years since he last met Beck.
"Last time we saw each other we had six employees. We now have over 300 and are about to expand dramatically," Beck reportedly recalled. "For the first time I feel like I can leave a mark. For the first time I can tell a story and get it right and have it impact and leave a mark of real good."
The ABC4 article continues, describing more of the author's impressions:
A kinder, gentler Glenn Beck? Perhaps. He freely admits that his growing success comes with an inevitable cost. Again, referring to our last meeting six years ago he said, "I had no concept of the things I would learn, that I didn't want to learn." And he laments the toll it has taken on his family. "I miss my family."
That was never more evident than last week, when he abruptly left his home in Dallas bound for Moore, Oklahoma. His charity, Mercury One, had put together relief supplies for tornado victims and he was riding with the two semi-trucks to see the delivery first hand.
"My son came into my bedroom as I was packing, leaving. He brought in his book that we were supposed to read every night and he said, 'Dad, why are you leaving?' And I said, 'Did you see the people on the TV? We have a responsibility and dad can do good."
Boiled down to its essence, that thought, "Dad can do good" is what drives Glenn Beck.
Money gives him freedom to craft the message he wants, but if that message doesn't translate into "good" then it is ultimately unsatisfying to him. [Emphasis added]
Beck has been traveling often to Utah in preparation for his "Man in the Moon" event, an exciting stage spectacle where Beck will present the “moon’s eye view” of the building of America.
General admission tickets are already gone, but VIP packages are still available, and Beck has arranged events from July 4-July 6 for those who can't attend the July 4th spectacular.
Here's more on "Man in the Moon" in Beck's own words: