Hat tip to Adrienne's Corner.
Via Free North Carolina:
"If I Were the Devil" was an essay written and popularized by radio commentator and syndicated columnist Paul Harvey, who featured it in both media many times over the course of his long career, periodically updating it to incorporate current trends. The oldest version of this piece we've found so far appeared in his newspaper column in 1964
Contrasting that 1964 version of the essay with Paul Harvey's 1996 newspaper version shows that, although the concept and structure of the essay remained the same across the decades, its content evolved quite a bit over the years.