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Remembering Charles Kuralt, legendary creator of "On the Road," as segment turns 50

The "On the Road" motor home wasn't the fastest way to find a news story. But Charles Kuralt wasn't looking for fast, or even news, for that matter -- at least not in the traditional sense. Kuralt was a different kind of journalist. He didn't investigate people. He simply admired them. The legendary creator of "On the Road" died 20 years ago.

Almanac: Charles Kuralt

A page from our "Sunday Morning" Almanac: Sept. 10, 1934 ... the day Charles Kuralt was born in Wilmington, NC. An award-winning young newspaper reporter, Kuralt rose rapidly to become a CBS News correspondent at just 23 years of age. In the fall of 1967, Kuralt began his longest journey yet -- his years of travel "On the Road" looking for little stories everyone else had missed.

Remembering Charles Kuralt

The legendary poet of the American road, Charles Kuralt, died 20 years ago this July 4th. Fame is fleeting, and there is now a whole generation of Americans for whom Kuralt is an unknown figure, or one whose legacy is overshadowed by his complex personal life. In today’s world, a legacy like Kuralt’s is easy to miss. That’s a shame.

A memorial tribute to Charles Kuralt, twenty years ago

On Friday, July 4, 1997 we heard the sad news from New York that Tar Heel Charles Kuralt had died. Four days later, a memorial service was held in Chapel Hill. On this, the twentieth anniversary of Kuralt’s passing, Hugh Morton collection volunteer Jack Hilliard recalls that day when a group of North Carolina’s finest gathered to celebrate the life of “CBS’ poet of small-town America.”

A look back at some of the best speeches given by Tar Heels

I decided to take a look back at some of the best speeches given by Tar Heels (either athletes or those associated with Tar Heel athletics). Charles Kuralt's Bicentennial Speech, Roy Williams' 2009 Locker Room Speech, Marcus Paige’s Senior Speech, Stuart Scott’s Jimmy V Award Speech, Anson Dorrance's Speech on Mia Hamm.

What is it that binds us to this speech? Charles Kuralt’s 1993 UNC Bicentennial Address

“What is it that binds us to this place as to no other? It is not the well or the bell or the stone walls..." These words, spoken in Charles Kuralt’s iconic voice, will be familiar to anyone who has watched a UNC sporting event on TV the past few years. This speech was given by Kuralt on October 12, 1993, during the celebration of UNC’s bicentennial.

‘The University of the People’

“What is it that binds us to this place?” Charles Kuralt asked at Carolina’s University Day in 1993. Sometimes, the answers can be found in beautiful pictures.

UNC historic cemetery reaching capacity

George Clarke, a former UNC student, was the first person to be buried in the Old Chapel Hill Cemetery in 1798. Now, all the plots in the nearly 7-acre Old Chapel Hill Cemetery are owned. Some of the people buried in the cemetery include Dean Smith, Paul Green, Charles Kuralt, deans, professors, university presidents, as well as veterans from the Civil War and WWII.

Charles Kuralt and 'North Carolina is My Home'

It started with a series of telephone calls in early 1983 when North Carolina governor Jim Hunt was planning for the state’s 400th birthday. Ten years earlier the North Carolina General Assembly created the America’s Four Hundredth Anniversary Committee. Hunt activated the committee in 1978. The governor called lots of Tar Heels seeking input for the birthday celebration. One of those called in 1983 was Charles Kuralt.

The University of the People

When William Richardson Davie laid the cornerstone at Old East on Oct. 12, 1793, it marked the beginning of what alumnus Charles Kuralt would famously call “the University of the people.” That’s why, since 1877, UNC has recognized October 12 as University Day, a time to anticipate Carolina’s future while celebrating its history — a rich history that includes a long commitment to accessibility and affordability.

Binding a new generation to this place

When North Carolina native Charles Kuralt joined President Bill Clinton in a packed Kenan Stadium to celebrate Carolina’s bicentennial in October 1993, the words he delivered were an instant, emotional hit. His baritone pulled so many heartstrings that a year later, Kuralt’s “What Is It That Binds Us To This Place” speech was the anchor of a new television commercial about his alma mater.

Video: 'What is it that Binds Us to this Place' - 2014 Edition

A modernized take on the original commercial spot about the University of North Carolina based on Charles Kuralt's speech at the University's bicentennial in 1993.

UNC to debut new TV ad during first football game

UNC has scrapped its “Minds on a Mission” TV promo and will unveil a new commercial during the telecast of the opening football game Saturday. The University hinted on Twitter Thursday that the new ad would pay homage to an older commercial narrated by the late CBS correspondent Charles Kuralt, a UNC alumnus. “What is it that binds us to this place as to no other?” the tweet read.

UNC Alum Carl Kasell Announces Retirement

Carl Kasell was the voice of NPR News for thirty years. He's in the National Radio Hall of Fame. In later life, he found fame as the voice of the popular weekend show Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me! Kasell announced his retirement Tuesday. A North Carolina native who grew up in Goldsboro, Kasell helped start WUNC when he was a student alongside broadcasting legend Charles Kuralt.

Bill Friday's final resting place is among friends

On a sweltering July day in 1997, I ran into Bill Friday in the Old Chapel Hill Cemetery. He was there, alone, making sure everything was just right for the burial of his old friend, CBS newsman Charles Kuralt.

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