Like a fragrant cup of tea amidst a sea of coffee , the televison show
“CBS Sunday Morning” definitely stands above the crowd. Marking its 30th season today, I’ve long called it the “most civilized 90 minutes on tele-
When it debuted back in 1979, the Internet was a distant dream, laptops were cardboard box tops on my lap, gas was around $0.85 a gallon, and social networks, like Facebook, didn’t exist. My radio was playing “My Sharona” and “Y.M.C.A.” by the Village People, and electronic chess was a hot item.
Just like the indisputable sun image it uses for a logo, it’s constant, comforting, but fortunately not predictable. As a weekend newspaper carries more than hard news, CBS Sunday Morning delves into other areas, such as the performing arts, along with topics usually not covered on Sunday morning political chatfests. A wide assortment of veteran correspondents and commentators have exposed and informed me to a world that lay beyond my front door over the years.
Beginning with the late Charles Kuralt as presenter for the first 15 years, and now with Charles Osgood in the role, this show has quietly and steadily brought us so many interesting people and ideas just like a print edition Sunday paper. Standing beside a glass “totem pole” of story headlines, viewers are treated to a buffet of interesting topics for the next hour and six minutes [not counting commercials]. Watching it became a pre-church Sunday ritual with me over twenty years ago, and I was hooked, videotaping many segments and clips for my growing personal “videography”. For me, the show was a pulse of the times, chronicling what made us happy, sad, or simply curious about.
Over those years I’ve become “friends” with cast members like Nancy Geist, Rita Braverman, David Edelstein, and Bil Geist,to name a few, looking forward to their stories and commentaries. When film correspondent John Leonard left this world last November, it was like losing a well-loved family member. Charles Osgood’s piano playing and sprightly poetics never fail to delight, and the 60-minute visual meditation of nature at the show’s end is a fitting closure.
Whenever I hear the familiar trumpet fanfare, named “Abblasen,” it’s like a clarion call to another weekly adventure reflecting and reveling in what’s going on around us. Just like I can count on the sun coming up every 24 hours, I’ve counted on CBS Sunday Morning to start my week with optimism and relaxation. Bravo to another 30 years!