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A life on the road
Publication Information:
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c1990.
Physical Description:
253 p. : photographs.


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Author Notes

Charles Kuralt, September 10, 1934 - July 3, 1997 Charles Kuralt was born on September 10, 1934 in Wilmington, North Carolina. He was the son of a social worker and a teacher. Kuralt attended the University of North Carolina where he edited the student newspaper. He graduated in 1955. A year later, Kuralt won the Ernie Pyle Memorial Award for his human interest columns while working for the Charlotte, North Carolina News.

Kuralt joined CBS in 1957 as a rewriter, moving quickly up the ranks to become an on-air correspondent, where he covered the 1960 Presidential campaign. He then moved to the position of head of CBS' Latin American Bureau. He eventually became a roving correspondent, doing four tours of Vietnam, covering the war. Kuralt quit hard news in 1967 and gathered a three man crew to do a three month trial run of "On the Road." After logging more than a million miles for CBS Americana, Kuralt became the anchor of "Sunday Morning," and hosted "An American Moment," and "I Remember."

Through the course of his career, Charles Kuralt won three Peabody Awards and ten Emmys. He received the 1981 George Polk Memorial Award for national television reporting and was named Broadcaster of the Year in 1985 by the International Radio- Television Society.

He has written "To the Top of the World," "Dateline America," "On the Road with Charles Kuralt," "Southerners," "North Carolina Is My Home" and "A Life on the Road." Charles Kuralt died on July 3, 1997 at the age of 63.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Publisher's Weekly Review

Fans of Kuralt's work on the CBS series Sunday Morning will find this autobiography a charmer as Kuralt reviews his career in print journalism and as a reporter for the electronic media. He recalls his most unusual and memorable programs and interviewees, from the family awaiting a soldier's return from Vietnam to a 92-year-old brickmaker who had been working since his early teens. Kuralt's vivid reminiscences include the anarchic horror of Zaire after independence, the dull sterility of Castro's Cuba, the cooperation of blacks and whites in building a park in Reno, Nev., and a Soviet dentist's message to the Americans who helped him survive a Nazi POW camp. The book is comic and poignant by turns. Photos not seen by PW. BOMC alternate. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Kirkus Review

America's favorite wandering minstrel drives right into the heart in this warm, laid-back autobiography. When did Kuralt realize that the road was to be his mistress and master? In 1934, he suggests, when after a rush to the hospital ""I was born. . .with rambling in my blood and fifty miles already under my belt."" Or maybe during his childhood travels around North Carolina with his social-worker father. Certainly he was hooked by 15, when he drove halfway across the country on an illegal license. His wanderlust intensified as a young CBS correspondent, covering lynching in the South, massacre in the Congo, communism in Cuba (he calls Che Guevara ""a pompous braggart""). Soon after a snowmobile trip to the North Pole, Kuralt obtained a pink motor home and began his famous ""On the Road"" segments. In between memories of worm-gatherings, greasedpig contests, and a loutish Marlon Brando, Kuralt drops the best lines he's heard during his travels (""North Dakota farmer on his marriage of 40 years: 'Kissing don't last, but good cooking does' "") as well as much practical advice (""It helps if you make it a rule never to eat in any restaurant with kings, foxes, coaches or horses in the name""). At book's dose, he nestles in a tucked-away cabin somewhere beside a western river, listening to coyotes howl and musing that ""every trip has to end""--with another one, presumably, just beyond the dawn. A happy memoir with good words for almost everyone and a wealth of funny anecdotes--all headed directly toward the best-seller lists. Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Library Journal Review

Kuralt describes this engaging autobiography as an incomplete remembrance of roads taken, breakdowns, misdirections, potholes, and detours. A love of travel, developed through trips along North Carolina country roads with his father, brought Kuralt to accept a job with CBS News in 1954. He began as a correspondent in the Congo, Cuba, and California, then was reassigned to presenting documentaries, including a North Pole attempt. He finally found his slot as a feature story reporter covering the ``pulse of the country'' by roaming the nation in his recreational vehicle. An entertaining book that is recommended for general readers who enjoyed Kuralt's best-selling collection of his news stories, On the Road ( LJ 9/15/85). Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 7/1/90.-- Fern Sikkema, Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis, Washington, D.C. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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