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Remembering Charles Kuralt
Grizzle, Ralph.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Asheville, N.C. : Kenilworth Media, [2000]

Physical Description:
xxi, 259 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
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"Nearly 100 interviews with Charles Kuralt, his friends, family, and colleagues" combine to tell the tale of "one of America's most admired television journalists"--Dustjacket.
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All his life, Charles Kuralt sought out the poetry of everyday events, presenting to television viewers nationwide the stories of "the little people". Now, for the first time, his story is being told -- from the perspective of those who knew him best. Based on nearly 100 interviews with Charles Kuralt, his friends, family, and colleagues, here is the remarkable tale of a North Carolina farm boy who went on to become one of America's most admired television journalists. Remembering Charles Kuralt provides an off-screen look at the CBS newsman whose folksy reports from the back roads of America endeared him to millions.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Commissioned by his alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, to gather and compile an oral history of fellow alum Charles Kuralt, Grizzle produced this sweet, lovely homage to the traveling CBS news correspondent. Having interviewed nearly 100 people for the bookÄincluding Kuralt's first girlfriend, his best friend from sixth through 12th grades and colleagues like Walter Cronkite and Andy RooneyÄGrizzle is quick to point out that this is not a biography but a chronologically arranged collection of verbal reminiscences, keen glimpses into the life of a remarkably optimistic man. A newsman himself, Grizzle does not dissect and analyze every sticky detail of Kuralt's life and career, but honors and celebrates a journalist who represents, for him, the best in the business. All of the people he talked to report their high regard for Kuralt's maturity, seriousness and gift with words. Even as a boy, Kuralt had a resonant voice, considered himself a reporter and dreamed of heading up the New York Times. Grizzle devotes a chapter to each person with whom he spoke and links every anecdote with an insight from Kuralt's collection of personal letters and articles, A Life on the Road. For fans of On the Road who still admireÄand missÄKuralt's faith in humanity and the simple pleasures he enjoyed and shared, this is a welcome commemoration. 95 b&w photos. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Charles HoytBuddyBarbara Simmons HannahLandon SmithBrooks LindsayKen McClureJack ClaiborneCharles KuraltC.D. SpanglerRuth Jones PentesBill GeerFred PowledgeKen SanfordCharlie CrutchfieldTom SpainErwin PottsWalter CronkiteBernie BirnbaumAndy RooneyPhilip SchefflerIzzy BleckmanJane TolbertBill MoyersMary Lou TeelPeter FreundlichTerry MartinMargery BakerCatherine MortonHugh MortonLoonis McGlohonBob TimberlakeJane KiserBill Friday
Forewordp. xiii
Prefacep. xix
Where The Road Beganp. 1
Flights of Fantasyp. 17
The Making Of A Broadcasterp. 23
Baseball Daysp. 37
Doubting Charlesp. 41
Two Roads Divergedp. 47
News Writerp. 55
The Impressive, Impressionable Kidp. 59
Voice of Democracyp. 63
North Carolina English Teacher Essayp. 71
Baptism into Storytellingp. 75
School Daysp. 79
Tar Heel Daysp. 83
More A's than Everp. 97
Sleepyheadp. 101
Sir Charlesp. 105
Projecting Voicep. 109
Frat Brothersp. 113
"People"p. 121
Phone Sharingp. 139
New Yorkp. 141
The Eagle Has Landedp. 157
Picture Perfectp. 161
Consummate Craftsmanp. 165
Unchangingp. 169
Waiting for Rogerp. 173
On the Roadp. 179
His Own Manp. 187
Wordsmithp. 191
Back-to-Back Friendshipp. 197
I Rememberp. 205
Final Episodep. 209
Homeward Boundp. 213
An Explorer's Spiritp. 217
The Common Touchp. 227
North Carolina Was His Homep. 235
Homespunp. 241
'Scuse Me, Ain't You Mr. Kuralt?p. 245
Final Letterp. 251
Rememberingp. 255