Academic journal article Journalism History

Electronic Media Reviews -- One for the Road

Academic journal article Journalism History

Electronic Media Reviews -- One for the Road

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"One for the Road." Beverly Hills, Calif,: CBS News/Fox Home Video, 1994. Approx. 46 minutes. $19.95.

CBS News has remained one of the main sources of archived broadcast material. Over the years, off-air recordings of CBS news programs have been widely used in the classroom. important to the media historian and teacher is a series of CBS videos released beginning in 1993 under the auspices of Fox Home Video. This CBS News/Fox series includes compilations of several "CBS Evening News" and "60 Minutes" broadcasts. "One for the Road," a retrospective look at the career of CBS News veteran Charles Kuralt, was one of the first releases in this series. Coinciding with Kuralt's retirement from the CBS "Sunday Morning" program, and marking that occasion, "One for the Road" gets this series off to an impressive start.

The title of the video draws from Kuralt's "On the Road" productions, which were occasionally seen on the "CBS Evening News" beginning in the 1960s. These segments remained a mainstay of Kuralt's weekend broadcasts. The recording contains some of Kuralt's memorable "On the Road" segments, including his feature on an Iowa farmer who sold his farm, built a yacht, and set out with this wife to see the world. Poignant is Kuralt's look at tenant farmers in Chandlers, Mississippi, who were so poor they had to arrange a loan for the bus fare in order to send their first son to college. Eventually, all nine children of this family earned college degrees.

In the various segments, Kuralt seems to touch the lives of his subjects as much as they touch him. They serve as wonderful depictions of the irony of Middle America, that it is "cut from the same cloth" and yet rich in its many unusual and surprising life stories. …

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