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Good Humor Man to appear on ‘Steve Harvey’ show

Ice cream man Dick Royce (left) receives a “Harvey’s Hero” jacket from host Steve Harvey.
Ice cream man Dick Royce (left) receives a “Harvey’s Hero” jacket from host Steve Harvey.

CAMPTON HILLS – When Campton Hills resident Dick Royce got an invitation a couple of months ago to appear on the "Steve Harvey" show, he hesitated.

"I said, 'You know, I don't know,'" he recalled. "[A show representative] convinced me to come on."

Tuesday, Royce will be honored as "Harvey's Hero" on the daytime talk show, which airs at 2 p.m. on NBC-TV. Harvey is recognizing Royce – who is known as the Good Humor Man – for donating profits of his ice cream sales to charities. The show will be repeated at 3 a.m. Wednesday.

A news release from a "Steve Harvey" publicist shared parts of the host's interview with Royce.

"You're an inspiration," Harvey said. "When you do stuff like that, you’re just one of the good people."

Royce said he raised about $7,000 for charities last year, and the talk show learned of his efforts through a Kane County Chronicle article.

In addition to being honored as a "Harvey's Hero," Good Humor donated 3,000 cases of ice cream – about $7,000 worth of ice cream bars – to Royce, according to the release.

"Steve Harvey" is produced at the WMAQ/NBC 5 studios in downtown Chicago. The show put Royce and his wife of about 40 years, Susan, up in a hotel for a night, he said.

"It was like being on a honeymoon," he said, noting they don't often visit downtown Chicago.

For the taping, his wife sat in the audience as Royce sat onstage "with a big smile on my face," he said.

Royce's 1969 Ford Good Humor truck also made an appearance.

"I don't know how they got it up there," he said.

Royce and his wife are curious about how the segment was edited and plan to watch it – and record it – Tuesday.

"It was a lot of fun," he said.

As for his life as the Good Humor Man, Royce said he's in for a busy season. He already has about 60 bookings.

"It's going to be a fun run this summer," he said.

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When to watch

What: Dick Royce of Campton Hills featured on the "Steve Harvey" show

When: 2 p.m. Tuesday

Where: NBC 5 Chicago


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