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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 own 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, Remembering Charles Kuralt is the remarkable tale of a North Carolina farm boy who went on to become one of America's most admired television journalists.
As a child, he was already mature and focused, full of ambition. He would grow into an unusually articulate college student, known equally for his intelligence and his fun-loving nature. On his first job, at the Charlotte News, co-workers marveled at his "People" columns, a forerunner of his CBS series, On the Road. At CBS, colleagues still hold in awe Kuralt's understanding of the relationship between words and pictures. This was their Charles Kuralt. These are their memories.
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.
|Where The Road Began||1|
|Flights of Fantasy||17|
|The Making Of A Broadcaster||23|
|Two Roads Diverged||47|
|The Impressive, Impressionable Kid||59|
|Voice of Democracy||63|
|North Carolina English Teacher Essay||71|
|Baptism into Storytelling||75|
|Tar Heel Days||83|
|More A's than Ever||97|
|The Eagle Has Landed||157|
|Waiting for Roger||173|
|On the Road||179|
|His Own Man||187|
|An Explorer's Spirit||217|
|The Common Touch||227|
|North Carolina Was His Home||235|
|'Scuse Me, Ain't You Mr. Kuralt?||245|
Posted April 13, 2000
Grizzle's book contains dozens of photographs spanning Kuralt's life. Unlike most biographies, which lump pictures of the subject in one or two sections in the guts of the text, Remembering Charles Kuralt is sprinkled with chronologically-ordered pictures throughout. It's a small touch but a nice one. Grizzle also is to be commended for his even-handedness. Clearly, he's done a lot of digging, but he doesn't 'get into his subject's head,' as so many biographers seem to relish doing. Grizzle neither ascribes psychological motives for Kuralt's actions nor interprets his findings. He simply reports people's memories of Kuralt, and lets the reader form his own opinions. His book is as generous and decent about its subject as, it can easily be inferred, was the subject himself. In the light of recent revelations about Kuralt's affair with Patricia Shannon, many an author would succumb to homing in only on Kuralt's faults and produce a sort of psychological history that ignored everything else. Grizzle's tone and manner, however, suggest a large-mindedness that would take everything into account. And one senses that if Grizzle were to write an 'official' Kuralt biography, he could journey into the restless heart of a talented man without becoming derailed by derision. As it is, Grizzle has produced a colorful and highly readable account of the life of a genuine American bard who simply permitted himself 'to be detoured.' Consequently, Charles Kuralt, as a long-time colleague put it, discovered 'what was best and most true about the rest of us.'Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 13, 2000
Ralph Grizzle takes us on the road with Charles Kuralt, starting virtually the day he was born to a struggling young couple living on a farm in eastern North Carolina. It's an affirming book. Kuralt symbolized a high-minded brand of journalism. He told Grizzle: 'You know, most reporters can't go back to the towns they've written about. I never wrote that kind of story.' In that brief comment, coming at the start of this book, you instantly gain a snapshot of someone who meant what he said. The book is also a journey into the depths of a man that few people ¿ even close friends ¿ say they knew well. Kuralt sacrificed much for his career. His wasn't the healthiest lifestyle, but he was adamant about it. He knew what he wanted in life, but he wasn't always happy with the choices he made, and it sometimes made the people closest to him unhappy, too. It's a life story told in vignettes, revealed through the voices of scores of friends, family members, colleagues. Grizzle was thorough, talking with nearly 100 people and seeking out dozens of rarely seen photographs. Together, they weave a history of a man who grew far beyond his roots but, in the end, was still a boy from North Carolina.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.