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The Osgood files
Osgood, Charles.
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Publication Information:
New York : Putnam, [1991]

Physical Description:
250 pages ; 23 cm
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PN4874.O78 A25 1991 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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At least 12 million people listen to Charles Osgood every day on CBS Radio and millions more watch his regular features on TV and read his syndicated columns. The Osgood Files gathers together the best of his work. It is a book of pure delight, further evidence of why, in the words of Walter Cronkite, Charles Osgood is one of the greatest talents in broadcasting today.

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Booklist Review

Osgood's doggerel and sensitive, humorous ruminations are familiar to CBS radio listeners and readers of his Tribune "Media Series" column. The selections in this book are drawn from the print columns and, for the most part, avoid the topically obvious. ("In broadcast," according to Osgood, "the words disappear literally at the speed of light," and so, supposedly, are unavailable for compilation.) A father of five, Osgood chats about parenting, bow ties, pockets, germs, current affairs, factoids, and cosmic illiteracy. This Swiftian essayist serves up a fine array of food for thought. His compilation will provide a treat for his fans and a welcome introduction for those unacquainted with his sense of fun. ~--Denise Perry Donavin

Publisher's Weekly Review

Most of the pieces in this amusing volume are selected from Osgood's syndicated columns rather than from his better-known discourses on various TV programs. Here he opens on a note of entertaining self-deprecation, detailing his stint filling in for critic Rex Reed on the lecture platform, then proceeds to ponder problems of contemporary language and social matters, such as the odd eagerness of strangers to address us by our first names. There are also charming articles on Osgood's life with his five children, the questionable joys of owning an old house and the obstacles to getting organized. Osgood stresses the difficulty of writing anything that will remain true three hours hence, adding, ``The way to extend the embarrassment potential almost indefinitely is to collect the pieces and put them in a book.'' Not true of this commentator. (Mar . ) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved