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On The Road With Charles Kuralt: Americana Collection

9 DVD set featuring more than 200 segments from "On The Road" from CBS Evening News from 1967-1988

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Moving and memorable stories to share with your children and grandchildren.

  • Nov 29, 2011
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As far as I am concerned he had the best job in America.  From 1967 to 1988 CBS News correspondent Charles Kuralt and his cameraman Isadore Bleckman criss-crossed the highways and byways of America in a motor home in search of fascinating people, captivating places and unique events.  Sometimes they would get a tip from a viewer but more often than not they would just stumble upon a story themselves as they scoured the back roads eager to discover for themselves "what's around the bend".  When the series concluded in 1989 CBS News released a three tape VHS collection called "On The Road with Charles Kuralt".  My wife purchased it for me for my birthday. I always said it was one of the best things I owned.  Now in 2011 Acorn Media has assembled an amazing 9 disc set entitled "On The Road with Charles Kuralt: The Americana Collection" featuring more than 200 segments that were featured on the CBS Evening News. This collection features just about all of the segments from my old VHS collection and a heck of a lot more. What a find!

As you might expect "On The Road with Charles Kuralt: The Americana Collection" features a bevy of unforgettable people.  You will meet the 104 year old man in San Francisco who had been jogging every day since he was 9 years old.  Kuralt attempts an interview while running alongside of him but in a mere matter of moments the elderly gentlemen leaves Charles in the dust.  "Humiliated by a 104 year old man" is the way Charles described it.  Simply hilarious!  Then there is the incredible story that was filed from North Platte, NE about how the people of North Platte and the surrounding towns offered a hot meal and a piece of pie to the troops heading out on the troop trains during World War II.  This labor of love went on every single day for several years.  You will meet two of the ladies who were involved.  One of my favorite stories was of the Iowa farmer who dreamed of sailing around the world. He made his dream come true by building a yacht in his barn!  Talk about American ingenuity!  Then there is the man and wife who gave up a comfortable life in the city and moved to a secluded area in the woods of Northern Minnesota and built birch canoes from scratch for a living.  These canoes were literally works of art and if I am not mistaken Charles Kuralt bought the last one this man ever made. So many interesting people and the list goes on and on......

Over the years "On The Road" featured numerous stories from just about every state in the nation. From here in my home state of Rhode Island Kuralt tells the story of the founding of First Baptist Church in America in Providence by Roger Williams in 1638.  You will travel to a small town in Vermont whose residents still made major budgetary and policy decisions at an old-fashioned day long town meeting in the dead of winter.  You sure get the feeling that this is the way the Founding Fathers intended it to be.  I wonder if this tradition still continues today.  From there travel to a midwestern town for an old fashioned red, white and blue Fourth of July.  Wherever you live in this great nation there is likely to be a story about your neck of the woods.  These are uplifting and heart-warming tales that will lift your spirits and make you proud to be an American.

As I mentioned earlier "On The Road with Charles Kuralt: The Americana Collection" offers up more than 200 of these memorable vignettes.  Also included is a 55 minute interview with cameraman Isadore Bleckman and updates on quite a few of these stories.  Since there is more than 17 hours of material in this collection it is going to take me a while to get through all of it.  There are dozens and dozens of stories here that were not included in my old VHS collection.  I doubt I have seen any of them since they first aired on the "CBS Evening News" so many years ago. I can't wait to see them all again. I have extremely fond memories of Charles Kuralt and his "On The Road" series for two important reasons.  First, he taught my wife and I how to travel.  More often than not when vacation time rolls around you will find us exploring back roads in out of the way places.  But perhaps more importantly, Charles Kuralt introduced me to the person that I admire most. That's right. His name is Jethro Mann and at the time he was a North Carolina state worker.  Check out his story in the collection and see if you don't share my admiration for him.  What a kind and generous man!  "On The Road with Charles Kuralt: The Americana Collection" would be a tremendous addition to any video collection and would be the perfect gift for that older person in your life. This is a collection that you will definitely want to share with family and friends.  Very highly recommended!
Moving and memorable stories to share with your children and grandchildren. Moving and memorable stories to share with your children and grandchildren. Moving and memorable stories to share with your children and grandchildren.

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The beloved Emmy®-winning series that began on the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite

For 20 years beginning in 1967, Charles Kuralt wandered America’s byways in search of the unusual and the overlooked. He and his small crew logged more than a million miles and wore out six motor homes. For his homespun vignettes of everyday life, Kuralt won an Emmy® and three Peabody Awards and became a household name.

A tireless champion of the everyman, Kuralt found something interesting about everyone he met. Abandoning the interstate for country roads, he discovered hundreds of uniquely American characters, reporting on singing mailmen, horse traders, cowboys, traffic cops, and a Russian man who waited 43 years to thank the American soldiers who saved his life.

Enlightening and inspiring, Kuralt’s vignettes are souvenirs from a simpler time, and a reminder of what makes America extraordinary. Time capsules of a bygone era, these gentle stories remain deeply meaningful, poignant, and truthful today.

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Premiere Date: 1967
Studio: Acorn Media
DVD Release Date: October 11, 2011

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