The station decided to take a chance, putting Limbaugh on in what had been Morton Downey, Jr.'s time slot.
Those who loathe Limbaugh sometimes describe his pilonidal cyst as "a boil on his butt", but that is an oversimplification.
A pilonidal cyst is a chronic collection of pus or an abnormal draining passage leading to an abscess, located in the opening between the buttocks muscles.
AKA Rush Hudson Limbaugh IIIBorn: 12-Jan-1951Birthplace: Cape Girardeau, MOGender: Male Religion: Methodist Race or Ethnicity: White Sexual orientation: Straight Occupation: Radio Personality, Pundit Party Affiliation: Republican Nationality: United States Executive summary: Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh was born into a prominent Missouri family, and raised in a town about thirty miles from the Kentucky border. His father was a prominent local attorney, who imbued his children with conservative ideology.
His grandfather, the first Rush Hudson Limbaugh, was America's Ambassador to India in the Eisenhower administration. His brother, David Limbaugh, is a lawyer and conservative writer.
Limbaugh came to manhood in an era when the nation had a military draft for the Vietnam war.
He avoided service by having his physician certify his medical unfitness due to an "inoperable pilonidal cyst" and "a football knee from high school." He played one year of varsity football in high school, and his coach, Ryland Meyr, said later he remembered no injuries to Limbaugh.
He has said of the official poverty line, ",400 for a family of four?
That's not so bad." Commenting on corporate outsourcing and layoffs, Limbaugh once wondered, "Why is it that whenever a corporation fires workers, it's never speculated that the workers might have deserved it? Talk radio was a very minor niche when his program was first syndicated, and stations that aired a conservative-tilted program almost invariably balanced that with a liberal-tilted program.
He had his own half-hour syndicated TV show from 1992-96, produced by Republican operative and later CEO of Fox News Roger Ailes and filmed in front of studio audiences pre-screened to be friendly to his conservative perspectives.
Limbaugh backs conservative causes without any exceptions -- he supports capital punishment, opposes abortion, claims that global warming is a lie, etc.
He has also given occasional credence to fringe conspiracy theories, claiming, for example, that Vince Foster was murdered instead of committing suicide, and that the crime took place in an apartment leased to Hillary Clinton.