Howard confessed this morning that he stole plenty from deceased New York radio veteran Bob Grant, in an attempt to win his father's love. (Ben Stern was a huge Bob Grant fan, so Howard studied him as a boy and mimicked him as an adult, and took regional Bob Grant-isms to a national audience.) 1) Bob Grant used to shout, "Get off my phone!" Howard liked that Bob said my phone, not the radio station's phone. Not only did Howard steal this line for his own radio show, he took it to television, shouting, "Get off my stage!" at AGT contestants. (Howard claimed this morning that he's always said this as a kind of shout-out to Bob Grant, but nobody ever caught on.) 2) Bob Grant used Yiddish words on the radio to connect with the Jewish people of New York. Howard does this as well, and even Yiddish-izes words like piss and snot (pish and shnot -- but he stole that bit from Sandra Bernhard). 3) Bob Grant was able to speak expertly on any topic brought up by callers, no matter how obscure. Robin laughed at this and suggested that Bob's staff was involved with this (like they are on Howard's show), but Howard wouldn't have it. Ben Stern loved Bob Grant, so Bob Grant is all-knowing and infallible. 4) Bob Grant was conservative, but didn't follow his party's agenda blindly. He spoke out when his views conflicted with his party's. Same with Howard. 5) Bob Grant used to use the word fag on the air, but evolved later in life. Same with Howard. Knowing Howard, there's a lot more Bob Gran-tisms that he's stolen but not admitted to yet. When Robin said that this is the first time Howard's ever acknowledged that Bob Grant was such an influence on him, he said it was due to his own insecurities. (Howard has always been "insecure" about giving credit to the people he's stolen from.) Howard wondered why Bob was never able to take his act nationally, then accused Rush Limbaugh of stealing Bob's act and making a fortune off of it. He also said that if he'd been able to program a national radio station, he'd have put Bob on it. (Howard 101?) When Steve Dahl dies, will Howard eulogize him so lovingly, and finally address his "insecurities"?