Originally published on Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 9:54am
CBS News Sunday Morning has been around for as many years as I’ve been alive. Originally hosted by Charles Kuralt, and since 1994 by the similarly venerable Charles Osgood, it is a show best described as Sunday New York Times Arts & Leisure section meets 60 Minutes.
While I was growing up, my mother loved this show. She made a point of watching it every Sunday, as I’m sure she still does today (it’s been a while since we’ve talked about it). Invariably, it would be recorded on VHS for rewind and playback, or later viewing, as there were no DVRs in those days. Occasionally, she’d call my attention to some segment, pulling me away from whatever I was doing, or urging me until I watched the recording a little later. I hated this show, and didn’t particularly have a taste for any kind of “news,” so this was no different. I even vaguely recall Mr. Kuralt reading on-air, a viewer letter from the mother of a little girl “forced” to watch the show, referring to it as “the broccoli of the airwaves.” Continue reading