Bob Seymour delivered Kuralt's graveside service in Chapel Hill. The
retired minister had known Kuralt when the latter was a teenager at
Myers Park Baptist Church. "As a teenager at Myers Park, I remember
him as a young man with poise and self confidence and one who seemed
to have considerable promise for some outstanding future," Seymour
says. "He was an outstanding teenager."
Seymour says to his knowledge there was no affirmation of religious
faith in Kuralt's life. "That doesn't mean one does not believe
in God," Seymour says. "It means that one is not sure."
Transcript of CBS Memorial Service
Alice Tully Hall At Lincoln Center, New York
Wednesday, July 23, 1997
ANDREW HEYWARD: Good morning, and welcome. I'm Andrew Heyward, President
of CBS News. On behalf of all of my colleagues at CBS, we're very glad
that you're here.
Petie Kuralt and Wallace Kuralt, I hope you know how deeply we feel
your loss and our loss today, and we appreciate the opportunity to share
these memories of Charles Kuralt with you.
It's customary on these occasions to exaggerate the accomplishments
of the person being eulogized. In the case of Charles Kuralt, that's
not possible. It's not possible to overstate Charles Kuralt's achievements,
as a writer, reporter, anchor, editor, storyteller, gentleman. It's
only possible to understate those achievements, which is what Charles
would do if he were here with us today.
It was a source of great joy to us when Charles Kuralt of ON THE ROAD
and SUNDAY MORNING returned to CBS recently to anchor a new program
for cable called I REMEMBER. Seeing him amongst us again made us all
And, I think, it's perhaps ironic that we acknowledge Charles Kuralt
as a giant, as someone who not just set but helped invent the standards
of excellence in broadcast journalism at a time when so much television
falls so short of what he stood for. A friend of mine wondered out loud
yesterday whether Charles would even make it in the business today.
I believe the answer is yes, but it's a pretty scary question. It's
true that Charles was no threat to the world's supply of hair spray
or hyperbole. He was, quite simply, a great man.
Today you'll hear from some of Charles's CBS News colleagues,
some who worked closely with him, others who, like the rest of us, were
touched, moved, inspired, maybe even changed by Charles Kuralt.
For the benefit of those in the audience who don't know all the speakers,
I'll provide a very brief introduction to each one.
We begin with Phil Scheffler, executive editor of 60 MINUTES. Phil was
Charles's best and oldest friend at CBS News. They were colleagues for
40 years and next-door neighbors for 20 years in Essex, Connecticut.
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