Charles Kuralt

Charles Bishop Kuralt (September 10, 1934 – July 4, 1997) was an American journalist. He is most widely known for his long career with CBS, first for his "On the Road" segments on The CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite, and later as the first anchor of CBS News Sunday Morning, a position he held for fifteen years.[1]

Kuralt's "On the Road" segments were recognized twice with personal Peabody Awards. The first, awarded in 1968, cited those segments as heartwarming and "nostalgic vignettes"; in 1975, the award was for his work as a U.S. "bicentennial historian"; his work "capture[d] the individuality of the people, the dynamic growth inherent in the area, and ... the rich heritage of this great nation."[2] He shared in a third Peabody awarded to CBS News Sunday Morning.

Charles Kuralt
Charles Bishop Kuralt

September 10, 1934
DiedJuly 4, 1997 (aged 62)
Resting placeOld Chapel Hill Cemetery
Alma materUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
OccupationJournalist, correspondent, news anchor
Years active1957–1997
Sory Guthery
(m. 1954; div. 1960)

Suzanne "Petie" Baird (m. 1962–1997)

Early life and career

Kuralt was born in Wilmington, North Carolina. As a boy, he won a children's sports writing contest for a local newspaper by writing about a dog that got loose on the field during a baseball game. Charles' father, Wallace H. Kuralt. Sr., moved his family to Charlotte in 1945, when he became Director of Public Welfare in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.[3] Their house[4][5][6] off Sharon Road, then 10 miles south of the city, was the only structure in the area. During the years he lived in that house, Kuralt became one of the youngest radio announcers in the country. Later, at Charlotte's Central High School, Kuralt was voted "Most Likely to Succeed."[4] In 1948, he was named one of four National Voice of Democracy winners at age 14, where he won a $500 scholarship.

After graduation from Central High School in 1951, he attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he became editor of The Daily Tar Heel and joined St. Anthony Hall. While there, he appeared in a starring role in a radio program called American Adventure: A Study of Man in The New World in the episode titled "Hearth Fire", which aired on August 4, 1955. It is a telling of the advent of TVA's building lakes written by John Ehle and directed by John Clayton.

After graduating from UNC, Kuralt worked as a reporter for the Charlotte News in his home state, where he wrote "Charles Kuralt's People," a column that won him an Ernie Pyle Award. He moved to CBS in 1957 as a writer, where he became well known as the host of the Eyewitness to History series. He traveled around the world as a journalist for the network, including stints as CBS's Chief Latin American Correspondent and then as Chief West Coast Correspondent.[7]

In 1967, Kuralt and a CBS camera crew accompanied Ralph Plaisted in his attempt to reach the North Pole by snowmobile, which resulted in the documentary To the Top of the World and his book of the same name.

"On the Road"

Kuralt was said to have tired of what he considered the excessive rivalry between reporters on the hard news beats:

I didn't like the competitiveness or the deadline pressure," he told the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, upon his induction into their Hall of Fame. "I was sure that Dick Valeriani of NBC was sneaking around behind my back — and of course, he was! — getting stories that would make me look bad the next day. Even though I covered news for a long time, I was always hoping I could get back to something like my little column on the Charlotte News."[8]

When he finally persuaded CBS to let him try out just such an idea for three months, it turned into a quarter-century project. "On the Road" became a regular feature on The CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite in 1967.[9] Kuralt hit the road in a motor home (he wore out six before he was through) with a small crew and avoided the interstates in favor of the nation's back roads in search of America's people and their doings. He said, "Interstate highways allow you to drive coast to coast, without seeing anything".[10]

According to Thomas Steinbeck, the older son of John Steinbeck, the inspiration for "On the Road" was Steinbeck's Travels with Charley (whose title was initially considered as the name of Kuralt's feature). During his career, he won three Peabody awards and ten Emmy awards for journalism. He also won a George Polk Award in 1980 for National Television Reporting.

CBS Sunday Morning anchor

On January 28, 1979, CBS launched CBS News Sunday Morning with Kuralt as host. On October 27, 1980, he was added as host of the weekday broadcasts of CBS' Morning show as well, being joined with Diane Sawyer as weekday co-host on September 28, 1981. Kuralt left the weekday broadcasts in March 1982, but continued to anchor the popular Sunday morning program until April 3, 1994, when he retired after 15 years as host and was succeeded by Charles Osgood.

Retirement and death

At age 60, Kuralt surprised many by retiring from CBS News. At the time, he was the longest tenured on-air personality in the News Division. However, he hinted that his retirement might not be complete. In 1995, he narrated the TLC documentary The Revolutionary War, and in early 1997, he signed on to host a syndicated, thrice-weekly, ninety-second broadcast, "An American Moment," presenting what CNN called "slices of Americana." Then, Kuralt also agreed to host a CBS cable broadcast show, I Remember, designed as a weekly, hour-long review of significant news from the three previous decades.

He was hospitalized and died of complications from systemic lupus erythematosus at the age of 62 at New York–Presbyterian Hospital.[1]

One of Kuralt's books was titled North Carolina Is My Home. Kuralt's younger brother Wallace, who died in December 2003, was also well-known in his home state, having been the owner of The Intimate Bookshop on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill for many years. In addition, a portion of land along the Roanoke, Tar, Neuse, Cape Fear Ecosystem, so named for the rivers that flow into the Albemarle, Currituck, and Pamlico Sounds, has been named for Kuralt, honoring his having given as much time to nature and wildlife as to people in his "On the Road" and Sunday Morning stories.

By request in his will, Kuralt was buried on the UNC grounds in Old Chapel Hill Cemetery.[11] The university uses a Kuralt speech in its television commercials, and it displays many of his awards and a re-creation of his office in its Journalism School.


Posthumous controversy

Two years after his death, Kuralt's decades-long companionship with a Montana woman named Patricia Shannon was made public. Kuralt apparently had a second, "shadow" family with Shannon while his wife lived in New York City and his daughters from a previous marriage lived on the eastern seaboard. Shannon asserted that the house in Montana had been willed to her, a position upheld by the Montana Supreme Court.[14][15][16][17] According to court testimony, Kuralt had met Shannon while doing a story on Pat Baker Park[18] in Reno, Nevada, which Shannon had promoted and volunteered to build in 1968. The park was in a low-income area of Reno that had no parks until Shannon promoted her plan. Kuralt mentions Pat Shannon and the building of the park—but not the nature of their relationship together—in his autobiography.[19][20][21][22]


  1. ^ a b Joe Sexton (July 5, 1997). "Charles Kuralt, 62, Is Dead. Chronicler of the Country". The New York Times.
  2. ^ "The Peabody Awards". Archived from the original on 11 June 2010. Retrieved 11 October 2010.
  3. ^ Helms, Ann Doss and Tomlinson, Tommy (26 September 2011). "Wallace Kuralt's era of sterilization: Mecklenburg's impoverished had few, if any, rights in the '50s and '60s as he oversaw one of the most aggressive efforts to sterilize certain populations". Charlotte Observer. Archived from the original on 13 April 2012. Retrieved 10 December 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Charles Kuralt Called it Home". SouthPark Magazine. 2011-02-09.
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  8. ^ "Charles Kuralt Interview - page 3 / 5 - Academy of Achievement". 2008-02-28. Retrieved 2010-10-11.
  9. ^ Stevenson, Seth (2009-10-27). "The quaint pleasures of "On the Road With Charles Kuralt," now on DVD. - By Seth Stevenson - Slate Magazine". Retrieved 2010-10-11.
  10. ^ "John Steinbeck vs Charles Kuralt - Highway History - FHWA". Retrieved 2010-10-11.
  11. ^ Eric Peterson, "Charles Kuralt", Ramble
  12. ^ "Paul White Award". Radio Television Digital News Association. Retrieved 2014-05-27.
  13. ^ Arizona State University. "Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication". Retrieved November 23, 2016.
  14. ^ "In re Estate of Kuralt, 2000 MT 359, 15 P.3d 931". Findlaw. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  15. ^ "In Re Estate of Kuralt, 2003 MT 92, 68 P.3d 662". Findlaw. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  16. ^ "In Re Estate of Kuralt, 1999 MT 111, 981 P.2d 771". Findlaw. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  17. ^ Press, The Associated. "Kuralt's Montana estate, not mistress, must pay taxes, court says". Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  18. ^ 39°32'50.1"N 119°47'41.9"W
  19. ^ "CNN Transcript - Larry King Live: Charles Kuralt's Longtime Companion Speaks Out". February 14, 2001. Retrieved 2010-10-11.
  20. ^ Williams, Paige (1 June 1998). "A DOUBLE LIFE ON THE ROAD". The Washington Post. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  21. ^ Anez, Bob. "Charles Kuralt's secret life". Retrieved 11 October 2010.
  22. ^ Grizzle, Ralph (2 July 2001). "Remember good side of Kuralt". USA Today. Retrieved 11 October 2010.

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Preceded by
CBS News Sunday Morning anchor
January 28, 1979–April 3, 1994
Succeeded by
Charles Osgood
10th TCA Awards

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1980–81 United States network television schedule (weekday)

These are the daytime Monday–Friday schedules on all three networks for each calendar season beginning in September 1980. All times are Eastern; affiliate schedules may differ.

Talk shows are highlighted in yellow, local programming is white, reruns of prime-time programming are orange, game shows are pink, soap operas are chartreuse, news programs are gold and all others are light blue. New series are highlighted in bold.

1981–82 United States network television schedule (weekday)

These are the daytime Monday–Friday schedules on all three networks for each calendar season beginning in September 1981. All times are Eastern; affiliate schedules may differ.

New series are highlighted in bold.

An American Moment

An American Moment was a syndicated short-form television series, created by Dr. Prentice Meador, James R. Kirk and Neal Spelce, initially hosted by newsman Charles Kuralt and later by actor James Earl Jones.

The show consisted of 90-second vignettes, generally intended for use as inserts during local news programs, and focused on "small town America" and overlooked news stories. It was produced by an Austin, Texas based production company headed by Spelce, a longtime local newsman, based on an earlier similar program called Breakthrough that featured Prentice Meador, a Dallas minister and professor.

It was carried by more than 70 stations throughout the United States. Kuralt, the series's first host, came out of retirement to take on the series. Kuralt described the program's content as "New England stone walls, cowboy hats, the birth of a foal on a ranch, totem poles and barber poles."Kuralt died in 1997. He was replaced by James Earl Jones, who continued as host of the program until production ended in 1999. Charles Kuralt's American Moments , a compilation of vignettes from the series, was published by Simon & Schuster in 1998. Kirkus Reviews described the book as "[j]ust as hokey and sentimental as Kuralt’s broadcasts."The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin holds an archive of materials relating to the series.

Beartooth Highway

The Beartooth Highway is an All-American Road on a section of U.S. Route 212 in Montana and Wyoming between Red Lodge and the Northeast entrance of Yellowstone National Park, passing over the Beartooth Pass in Wyoming at 10,947 feet (3,337 m) above sea level. It has been called "the most beautiful drive in America," by late CBS correspondent Charles Kuralt. Because of heavy snowfall at the top, the pass is usually open each year only from mid May through mid October, weather conditions permitting.

Bob Phillips

Robert Leon Phillips, known as Bob Phillips (born June 23, 1951), is an American television journalist best known for his long-running program Texas Country Reporter. In 2005, Phillips was inducted into the Silver Circle of the Lone Star Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the association that gives the Emmy Awards; the honor is extended to professionals who have spent at least 25 years of their career in television in Texas and have made significant contributions to their industry and their communities.Phillips was born in Dallas, Texas, where he graduated in 1969 from Bryan Adams High School. He grew up in the hotel industry with a mother whose specialty was helping hotels to establish their housekeeping staff; in a 2006 interview, Phillips stated that his first paying job was assisting the executive chef at the Dallas Hilton Hotel, adding, "I found out real fast that washing dishes was not what I wanted to do." He attended Southern Methodist University, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1973 and a Master of Liberal Arts degree in 1977. Phillips has been an Adjunct Professor at Amberton University since 1987 and teaches communications courses.

An admirer of CBS broadcast journalist Charles Kuralt, Phillips chose the same field. He began working at local CBS affiliate KDFW-TV as a dispatcher his first year in college, started learning to use a TV camera, and within three months was reassigned as a photographer. He got his break in March 1970 when he was sent to shoot film about a possible drowning, and no reporter was available to interview the youths involved, who had in fact survived; after preparing the equipment, Phillips stepped in front of the camera to report the story while the camera ran itself, a procedure commonly known in broadcasting as "a one man band" that became his regular mode of operations. Phillips also traveled extensively with The Dallas Cowboys NFL team during the 1970s, shooting on the sidelines at the team's games.

Initially focusing on political and sports coverage, the novice reporter pursued his goal of filming feature stories for inclusion on local broadcasts. Instead, the management decided to package his features in a separate half-hour weekend program, and 4 Country Reporter debuted in 1972. In 1986, he left Channel 4, renamed the show Texas Country Reporter, and began producing and syndicating it through his own company, Phillips Productions; the show aired in all 22 broadcast markets in Texas, including rival station WFAA, which renamed the show 8 Country Reporter, and eventually was added to stations in neighboring Louisiana.

During this time, Dairy Queen was one of the show's sponsors, which allowed Phillips to be the chain's spokesperson in its ads when promoting food items at its Texas-based restaurants. When RFD-TV launched in December 2000, Texas Country Reporter was one of its featured programs. RFD introduced the program to audiences around the nation. Phillips has been closely involved in the development of the channel since he was approached about adding his show to its lineup. Today, Phillips' show is available in more than 60-million homes nationwide via RFD-TV and Phillips' Texas broadcast network. As an extension of his many years in broadcast journalism, Phillips has authored several books — mostly on Texas travel and cuisine, and serves periodically as a host at Escondida, the Texas Country Reporter Hacienda and Spa, in Central Texas' Hill Country region. He has been a professor of communications at Amberton University for more than 25 years. In 2007, Phillips married KFDM-TV anchor Kelli Lee (now Phillips), who joined him as co-host of Texas Country Reporter in September 2015. They currently reside in Dallas and at their ranch in Medina, TX.

Byron Crawford

Byron Garrison Crawford is a former television journalist and newspaper columnist from Louisville, Kentucky.

Crawford is best known for a continuing series of reports on WHAS-TV titled "On the Road," somewhat of a localized version of the series by the same name by Charles Kuralt for CBS. The feature was later syndicated as "Sideroads" to other television stations in Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio. Before his "On the Road" series, Crawford was a news reporter for the station. He started in radio at WAKY in Louisville as a news reporter and moved to WCKY in Cincinnati, Ohio, as a reporter. He then joined WHAS Radio and Television as a reporter when the stations were still under the same ownership as The Courier-Journal."

Crawford left WHAS in 1979 to become the Kentucky Columnist for The Courier-Journal newspaper, where his column was of a similar vein as his television work. He wrote the column three times each week until retiring in 2008.Crawford was also the first host of the Emmy Award winning television series Kentucky Life on Kentucky Educational Television, from the debut in September 1995 through summer 1999. He has published three books, all compilations of his columns: "Crawford's Journal" in 1986, "Kentucky Stories" in 1994 and "Kentucky Footnotes" in 2010.Today, Crawford continues his work penning the back page column, "Byron Crawford's Kentucky" for Kentucky Living magazine.In 2017, Crawford was honored as the 2017 Distinguished Rural Kentuckian by the Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives.

Crawford's son, Eric, was a sports columnist for The Courier-Journal until 2012 when he left for WDRB television.

CBS News Sunday Morning

CBS News Sunday Morning is an American newsmagazine television program that has aired on CBS since January 28, 1979. Created by Robert Northshield and original host Charles Kuralt, the 90-minute program currently airs Sundays from 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Eastern, Pacific Time from 7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. in all other time zones (live in the Eastern and Central time zones, and on tape delay elsewhere). Since October 9, 2016, the show has been hosted by Jane Pauley, who also hosts news segments, after the retirement of long-term host Charles Osgood. Osgood was the host for twenty-two years (and is the program's longest-serving host), taking over from Kuralt on April 10, 1994.

David Saltman

David Bruce Saltman (born 1946) is an author, director and producer. He has written and produced more than 200 documentary films, and is the owner of Pinnacle Productions Inc, a New York media production company. He wrote a biography of Gilda Radner entitled Gilda: An Intimate Portrait published in 1993. Saltman was awarded an Emmy Award for Best Business Story. He has been an executive producer at CNN for TV programmes such as Pinnacle, Business Unusual, Your Money and Movers. Previously, he was a producer and writer for CBS News Sunday Morning with Charles Kuralt, CBS Morning News and for Good Morning America at ABC.

Saltman was lead producer for CBS News' award-winning coverage of the life and death of Josef Mengele, the Nazi war criminal.The bulk of Saltman's documentary work has been for major TV companies and public television networks. He has also written for three feature films. He has written and reported extensively for newspapers and magazines, notably The New York Times and Rolling Stone. He is also a consultant on the history of magic to the Library of Congress and has taught writing and filmmaking at various universities.

Eyewitness to History

Eyewitness to History was a CBS Friday night public affairs program which was initially hosted by veteran broadcaster Charles Kuralt (1960-'61), followed by Walter Cronkite (1961-'62), and Charles Collingwood (1962-'63). It aired from September 30, 1960 through July 26, 1963, sponsored by Firestone Tire and Rubber Company. This show concentrated on the most significant news story or stories, reviewing the events.The show's title was shortened to Eyewitness in 1961. Coincidentally, many local CBS affiliates adopted the branding "Eyewitness News" for their local newscasts in the 1960s.

One of the show's producers, Av Westin, went on to become executive producer of ABC Evening News and, later, 20/20.

Loonis McGlohon

Loonis McGlohon (September 29, 1921 – January 26, 2002) was an American songwriter and jazz pianist.

McGlohon was born in Ayden, North Carolina, and graduated from East Carolina University. After a spell in the Air Force during World War II, he played with the Jimmy Dorsey and Jack Teagarden orchestras and became involved with broadcasting in Charlotte, North Carolina, working as music director for WBT (AM) radio and WBTV (Charlotte's CBS-TV affiliate).McGlohon was an accompanist to many well-known singers including Judy Garland, Mabel Mercer and Eileen Farrell. He was co-host of the Peabody Award-winning NPR radio series American Popular Song with his friend and collaborator, Alec Wilder. Among the songs that McGlohon wrote with Wilder are "Blackberry Winter", "Be a Child" and "While We're Young". McGlohon, like Wilder, could write both music and lyrics, and for the song "Songbird" he wrote both. With Wilder, he also wrote music and lyrics for the former North Carolina outdoor attraction Land of Oz.

For his hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina McGlohon wrote the music for LeGette Blythe's outdoor drama, "The Hornet's Nest," staged in June and July, 1968 at a new amphitheater at the University of North Carolina - Charlotte. The two principal songs were, "This is the Day!" and "What Will the World be Like!" McGlohon allowed the College of William and Mary Choir to include "This is the day!" in its repertoire for many years.

In 1980, Frank Sinatra recorded two of his songs with Alec Wilder - "South to a Warmer Place" and "A Long Night" - on the album She Shot Me Down. In 1985, he was commissioned (with his friend Charles Kuralt) to write a piece in celebration of North Carolina's 400th birthday. The result was North Carolina Is My Home, a symphonic work with narration and vocals which became a recording, public TV broadcast, live presentation and coffee table book. McGlohon was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in 1999. At the age of 80, he died following a long-term battle with lymphoma.

NationsBank Performance Place in Charlotte's Spirit Square was named Loonis McGlohon Theatre in a January 9, 1998 event.In 2004, the biography Loonis! Celebrating a Lyrical Life (written by Jerry Shinn) was published by the East Carolina University Foundation.

Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge

Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1960 to provide habitat for migratory waterfowl, primarily the greater snow goose. It is located almost entirely on Knotts Island in the Currituck Sound between Back Bay in Virginia Beach, Virginia and the open sound in North Carolina. Most of the refuge lies within North Carolina but some of it is in Virginia. The refuge is primarily made up of marsh habitat. This area has long been recognized for supporting significant migratory waterfowl populations and sport fishery resources, and is part of the Charles Kuralt Trail.

The refuge is strategically located along the Atlantic Flyway, making it an important wintering area for ducks, geese, and tundra swans. At times, flocks of over 12,000 snow geese may be observed on the refuge after their arrival in November. Many other wildlife species such as wading birds, shorebirds, raptors, neotropical migrants, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians use refuge habitats for food, cover, and nesting. A pair of bald eagles also nest on the refuge.

About 74 percent of the refuge is slightly brackish marsh habitat, dominated by cattails, black needlerush, and giant cordgrass. The remaining habitat includes farmland, marsh impoundments, brush and typical upland and lowland eastern pine-hardwood forest. Vegetation in these areas includes loblolly pine, sweet gum, black gum, cypress, red maple, hickory, and oak.

The refuge has a surface area of 8,231 acres (33.31 km2). Of this, 7,357 acres (29.77 km2) is in North Carolina and 874 acres (3.54 km2) is in Virginia.

Mary Bowermaster

Mary L. Bowermaster (July 26, 1917 – March 4, 2011) was a nurse's aide for schools in Butler County, Ohio, until a breast cancer diagnosis in 1979. After a mastectomy and successfully battling the disease, she began a second career in masters athletics.

Bowermaster, who was born in Wellsville, Ohio, is the current American record holder in the W80 long jump and shot put, and has pending marks that are superior to the listed record in the W80 and W85 100 metres. She also holds the current W80 American Indoor records in the 60 metres, long jump and shot put.As part of her recovery from the operation, she began exercising. The following year, she competed in her first Senior Olympics. Five years later she set the W65 world record in the high jump at the (WAVA) World Masters Athletics Championships in Melbourne, Australia. A regular competitor at various championship meets, she has set numerous other records as she has progressed through the age divisions. Her story has been covered by Mike Wallace on 60 Minutes, plus 48 Hours, Charles Kuralt, ESPN and CNN.

She carried the Olympic Torch for the 2002 Winter Olympics as it passed through Covington, Kentucky. She is a member of the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame, the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame, the Ohio Senior Olympics Hall of Fame, the Butler County Sports Hall of Fame, and the USATF Masters Hall of Fame. She was the Greater Cincinnati Women Sports Association Senior Sports Woman of the Year in 1997, and the USATF Masters Track and Field Athlete of the Year five times.

Nick Venetucci

Dominico T. "Nick" Venetucci (1911–2004) was rancher and farmer in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Venetucci, also known as "The Pumpkin Man" for his annual giveaways of thousands of free pumpkins to area youth, gained national recognition in a 1985 article in The Reader's Digest magazine. Venetucci served between 30,000 and 50,000 young people a year with his annual philanthropy and is estimated to have donated over a million pumpkins to Colorado children over the course of his life.

Of Black America

Of Black America was a series of seven one-hour documentaries presented by CBS News in the summer of 1968, at the end of the Civil Rights Movement and during a time of racial unrest (Martin Luther King had been assassinated that spring and riots in many cities had followed). The groundbreaking series explored various aspects of the history and current state of African-American community. The executive producer was Perry Wolff, and the series was sponsored by the Xerox Corporation.

The series was presented in prime time at 10:00 PM, on Tuesdays (a slot then usually reserved for CBS Reports documentaries and news shows), except for the last episode which aired on a Monday.

The first installment ("Black History: Lost, Stolen, Strayed") won an Emmy Award and a Writers Guild of America Award for Andy Rooney. Hal Walker, who co-anchored the final segment ("Portrait in Black and White") with Charles Kuralt, was the first African American correspondent for CBS News and one of the first black journalists on national television news. He had just recently joined CBS after winning a local Emmy Award and the Capital Press Club's Journalist of the Year award for his work on "A Dialogue with Whitey", a special report for WTOP about the King assassination riots in Washington, D. C. This final segment featured the results of a large and extensive poll of both African-Americans and whites by Opinion Research Corporation.

Old Chapel Hill Cemetery

Old Chapel Hill Cemetery is a graveyard and national historic district located on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

San Diego Highwayman

Thomas Weller (born December 25, 1947), a.k.a. the San Diego Highwayman, is an American mechanic and nationally recognized Good Samaritan. His Highwayman moniker originated from a 1996 segment by CBS reporter Charles Kuralt.Weller began helping stranded motorists in 1966, two years after his car plowed into a snowbank in Illinois. A man saved Weller's life by pulling him out and asked Weller to pass on the favor as payment.His modified 1955 Ford station wagon, Beulah, is notable for its significant resemblance to the Ghostbusters vehicle Ecto-1.In April 2002, arranged for Weller's fuel costs to be paid, but the coverage ended 17 months later due to budget cuts.Weller was featured on the front page of the Los Angeles Times on July 24, 2008.On August 10, 2011, Beulah was totaled in a freeway accident. Weller could not afford to repair the station wagon, but in December 2014, a dedicated GoFundMe campaign raised over $10,000 to cover the cost. In March 2015, KFMB (AM) radio host Mike Slater invited Weller onto his show. A listener named Rick Moore called in and offered to rebuild Beulah for free.In March 2017, Weller suffered a minor stroke that partially paralyzed his left side. While still committed to helping those he encounters, he decided to end his regular freeway patrols.

Tim Sample

Tim Sample (born (1951-01-30)January 30, 1951) is a New England humorist, famous both for his presentation and his Maine accent. He has sold well over a million copies of his books, albums, and videos, including four albums and a video for the Bert and I company. In the summer of 1993, Sample was recruited by Charles Kuralt as a correspondent for the Emmy Award winning TV Show CBS News Sunday Morning. Over the following 11 years, Tim produced over 100 "Postcards from Maine" segments which introduced millions of CBS viewers around the nation and the world to the lifestyles of Mainers.

Born in Fort Fairfield, Maine, and raised in Boothbay Harbor, Tim and his wife Kevin have a home in Calais, and despite the traveling his career calls him to do, he has never lived (or wanted to live) anywhere other than in Maine.

Tim's first album of Downeast humor was recorded in 1979 and produced by Noel Paul Stookey, "Paul" of Peter, Paul, and Mary. The liner notes for the album were written by humorist Marshall Dodge, who, along with his partner Rev. Robert Bryan, created the world-famous Bert and I recordings back in the 1950s. After Marshall Dodge died in 1982, Tim recorded four albums and a video for the Bert and I company. Sample and Bryan have collaborated on a number of projects since, including several TV specials, the popular recording How to Talk Yankee, and the TV specials Out of Season and Maine Humor Behind the Barn.

Tim has also written and illustrated several books, including How to Talk Yankee and Saturday Night at Moody's Diner. Tim's national TV appearances include The Today Show and Good Morning America. He has also narrated many films and books on tape, including Robert McCloskey’s children's classic Burt Dow: Deep-Water Man, Stephen King’s The Sun Dog, and a reconstructed version of the 1930 documentary From Stump to Ship. In August 2006, Tim Sample released his first two DVDs, Tim Sample 2006 and Back in the Day. Tim Sample 2006 was recorded in June 2006 at The Bangor Opera House. Back in the Day contains digitally remastered footage of Tim's performances from 1983 and 1985.

Voice of Democracy

Voice of Democracy (VOD) is an annual nationwide scholarship program sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). It is an audio-essay contest for high school students in grades 9-12. The program annually provides more than $2.3 million in scholarships. The first-place winner, who competes with all the first-place VFW Department (state) winners, receives a $30,000 scholarship that is paid directly to the recipient's American university, college or vocational/technical school.

Besides competing for the top scholarship prize, as well as other national scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $16,000, each Department's first-place winner receives an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. in March (annually).

The Voice of Democracy Program began in 1946 and was originally sponsored by the National Association of Broadcasters. Initially, there were four winners selected, representing the North, South, East and West regions of the country. Each winner received a $500 savings bond and a wristwatch. The second year of the program, a student by the name of Charles Kuralt, the late television news broadcaster and author, was one of the winners.

It is endorsed by the contest criteria of the National Association of Secondary School Principals and is designed to foster patriotism by allowing students the opportunity to voice their opinion in a three- to five-minute essay based on an annual theme. Historically, the Voice of Democracy theme (chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief annually) is purposely kept broad in scope to allow the participant flexibility in interpretation, and thus, encourage originality. The new theme is posted on the website by May of each year.

The audiotape or audio CD (with the typed essay recited word-for-word), the actual typed essay, and completed official student entry form must be delivered to a local, participating VFW Post by the student entry deadline of October 31.

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