Charles Kuralt, remembering 'On the Road'
The Times' television critic, Robert Lloyd, revisits the career of CBS essayist Charles Kuralt, who died in 1997 after spending decades on the road filing pieces for "The CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite" and "CBS Sunday Morning." A three-DVD set of favorite stories is being released today.
Writes Lloyd: "Although there was a kind of exclusivity in his inclusiveness -- he was looking for untold stories off the beaten track -- the range of subjects that Kuralt embraces is wide. We meet poor people, working people and a refreshing amount of old people; the carver of carousel horses, the champion shoe-seller, makers of bricks and boats and ginger ale. It is the world of the family farm, the corner cafe where (after the first 100 cups of coffee, and some time on a waiting list) you get your own cubbyholed mug, with your name painted on."
-- Keith Thursby
Photo: Charles Kuralt on the "Sunday Morning" set. Credit: Los Angeles Times