Charles Kuralt's Remarks On The Occasion of
Julia and Hugh Morton's 50th Wedding Anniversary
I was asked to speak here tonight
because, during the bicentennial, I was the guy who stood there in
front of the President of the United States and said that I was there
to speak for all of us who could not afford to go to Duke . . . and
would not have gone there even if we could have!
We have great affection for Duke University. All of us in this room
know how important it is to our state, and know how important the
rivalry is. And if there had never been a Duke (which of course there
was not, during most of the distinguished history of the University
of North Carolina); if there had never been a Duke, we would have
had to invent it.
We would have made it a place with severe gothic arches and ivy growing
on the walls, to persuade the more naive undergraduates that they
had been admitted to Yale after all.
And we would have given it a towering national reputation (in some
odd things, like parapsychology and the rice diet), but a national
We would have sent Richard Nixon there to study constitutional law.
Best of all, we would have sent one of our own, the beloved Terry
Sanford, over there to keep an eye on things.
And finally, we would have built the campus close to our own, so that
those over-serious people, heads of great utilities, and rich people,
could come here for parties. And I say that Julia and Hugh have shown
true Carolina spirit in inviting them to this one. We should all thank
them for this, for bringing us together. There aren't many things
that bring us together, but Julia and Hugh can do it.
But I can not help adding that this is the same Julia Morton and Hugh
Morton who had a dog named Dutchess [cq]. Dutchess would roll over
on her back, and stare blank eyes at the ceiling, and raise her four
paws stiffly into the air, when asked, "would you rather be a
dead dog or go to Duke.
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