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A country so rich that it can send people to the moon still has hundreds of thousands of its citizens who can't read. That's terribly troubling to me.
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All through high school I was working, either writing junior high school sports for one of the local papers, or working after school at the radio station as a disk jockey and news reader.
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For a while there, I was a stringer. The expression comes from the old habit of stringing together the column inches that you had written. They'd measure it and pay you 10 cents an inch for your printed copy.
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Good teachers know how to bring out the best in students.
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I believe that writing is derivative. I think good writing comes from good reading.
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I can't remember a time when I didn't want to be a reporter. I don't know where I got the idea that it was a romantic calling.
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I can't say that I've changed anybody's life, ever, and that's the real work of the world, if you want a better society.
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I certainly didn't pay as much attention in class as I should have. My family would take family vacations, but I'd always stay home, because I didn't want to miss out on the work.
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I could tell you which writer's rhythms I am imitating. It's not exactly plagiarism, it's falling in love with good language and trying to imitate it.
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I did a lot of reading when I was a kid, and I remember some collections of stuff from the golden age of the New York newspapers, The World, and The Herald.
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I did stories about unexpected encounters, back roads, small towns and ordinary folk, sometimes doing something a little extraordinary.
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I didn't have any kind of formula. I think it was just genuine passion.
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I didn't have the ambition to be a broadcaster. I was going to be a newspaper reporter the rest of my life, but that opportunity came along.
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I didn't like the competitiveness of big-time journalism.
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I didn't like the deadline pressure. I didn't like being under some assignment editor's thumb.
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I don't have any well-developed philosophy about journalism. Ultimately it is important in a society like this, so people can know about everything that goes wrong.
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I don't think I had a reputation as a hard worker, but inside I was always being eaten up by the pressures.
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I don't think one should ever come to my stage of life and have to look back and say, Gosh. I wish I hadn't spent all those years doing that job I was never really interested in.
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I gained a great appreciation for what I would call the collective achievement of the country. I began thinking of America as a much more just and humane place than I would have thought if I'd been covering the civil rights struggle.
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I had a little insight into life that most kids probably didn't have. My mother was a schoolteacher, and my father was a social worker. Through his eyes I saw the underside of society.
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I had a tight stomach all the time. I actually developed ulcers. I've learned better than to put all that internal pressure on myself.
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I had several teachers before college who were encouraging to me.
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I had terrible migraine headaches. The funny thing is, they always came on the rare day when I had a day off.
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I have this fat face. I guess that bothered me for a day or two.
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I knew a little bit more about real life than most kids did, I think.
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I loved William Saroyan's stories. I read them pretty early, and I couldn't get enough.
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I made friends with a lot of those who could have criticized me in print and who didn't, who praised me instead.
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I met a man who thought there ought to be a straight highway from Duluth to Fargo. The state wouldn't build it, so he just decided he was going to build it himself.
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I much preferred the peaceful life on the road, where I didn't have to ask embarrassing questions and do all the things real reporters have to do.
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I ran for president of the student body in high school and was soundly trounced by the quarterback of the football team.
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I recognize that I had a good deal of good luck in my life. I came along at a time when it was pretty easy to get a job in journalism. I went to work at CBS News when I was about 22, and within a year or so was reporting on the air.
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I remember being in the public library and my jaw just aching as I looked around at all those books I wanted to read. There just wasn't time enough to read everything I wanted to read.
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I saw how many people were poor and how many kids my age went to school hungry in the morning, which I don't think most of my contemporaries in racially segregated schools in the South thought very much about at the time.
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I suppose I was a little bit of what would be called today a nerd. I didn't have girlfriends, and really I wasn't a very social boy.
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I think all those people I did stories about measured their own success by the joy their work was giving them.
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I think I'd have done better if I had been a little more relaxed-if I had not pressed quite so hard, if I'd not lost quite so much sleep.
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I used to shrug criticism off pretty easily.
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I used to think that driving, sleepless, ambitious labor was what you needed to succeed.
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I wanted to broadcast baseball games, so my father drove me to every single home game of the local baseball team.
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I was just thinking about what I loved to do-have that little bit of special privilege that attaches to a reporter. You get to stick your nose in where others don't.
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I was on the high school track team, believe it or not, and played baseball, poorly but passionately.
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I wasn't a very discriminating reader. I read just about everything that came along.
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I would love to write something that people would still read 50 or 100 years from now. That comes with growing older, I think.
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I'd like to write something that would live. It's getting a little late. I'd better get at it if I'm going to do that.
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I'm not any kind of social reformer.
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In television, everything is gone with the speed of light, literally. It is no field for anybody with intimations of immortality.
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In those days, television was expanding so quickly that you didn't really have to have much age and experience. Almost any warm body would do.
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It does no harm just once in a while to acknowledge that the whole country isn't in flames, that there are people in the country besides politicians, entertainers, and criminals.
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It still gives me a little thrill of importance to say, The Charlotte News, press rate, collect. That made me feel as adult as anything that ever happened in my youth.
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It was so much fun to have the freedom to wander America, with no assignments. For 25 or 30 years I never had an assignment. These were all stories I wanted to do myself.
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It's best to leap into something you know you love. You might change your mind later, but that is the privilege of youth.
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Just by luck, I picked good heroes to worship.
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Kids are always asked, What are you going to be when you grow up? I needed an answer. So instead of saying, a fireman, or a policeman, I said, a reporter.
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Look for joy in your life; it's not always easy to find.
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Many young people today are really in a position to offer me advice. I have a 10-year-old grandson who has an e-mail address. I don't know anything about the Internet.
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Murrow always ended his radio broadcast with a quotation from the news, A word for the day, he called it. And that night he quoted a couple of paragraphs of my essay.
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My bosses knew I wasn't any good at covering breaking news stories.
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My mother, at least twice, cancelled our family's subscription to the newspaper I was working on, because she was so mad about its treatment of my father.
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My parents encouraged me in everything I ever wanted to do.
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NBC managed to get its first film on the air from 20 minutes, or half an hour before CBS News did.
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Now that I look back on it, having retired from being a reporter, it was kind of romantic. It was a wonderful way to live one's life, just as I imagined it would be when I was 6 or 7.
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Since my retirement, I've spent a lot of time trying to help the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina. A society like this just can't afford an uneducated underclass of citizens.
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Thanks to the Interstate Highway System, it is now possible to travel across the country from coast to coast without seeing anything.
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That was the overwhelming thing to me-the joy of carrying my portable typewriter to an event and trying to describe it.
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The everyday kindness of the back roads more than makes up for the acts of greed in the headlines.
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The first books I was interested in were all about baseball. But I can't think of one single book that changed my life in any way.
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The love of family and the admiration of friends is much more important than wealth and privilege.
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The sparrows are preparing for winter, each one dressed in a plain brown coat and singing a cheerful song.
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The storytelling tradition that you bring from the South, I don't know where it arose, but it's still there. You can't go to the feed store, or the country courthouse without running into storytellers.
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There are a lot of people who are doing wonderful things, quietly, with no motive of greed, or hostility toward other people, or delusions of superiority.
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There is such a thing as a national conscience, and it can be touched.
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This is a place where you can hear fall coming for miles.
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TV critics, who traditionally hate television and make their living writing about it, often didn't like what I did on the air.
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We always take credit for the good and attribute the bad to fortune.
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When I finally went to work for my hometown newspaper, my folks were still very helpful to me.
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When I was a little boy I used to borrow my father's hat, and make a press card to stick in the hat band. That was the way reporters were always portrayed in the movies.
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When I worked in Los Angeles covering hard news, very often when something important would happen I'd be off in the woods covering something unimportant, which was more interesting to me.
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When we become a really mature, grown-up, wise society, we will put teachers at the center of the community, where they belong. We don't honor them enough, we don't pay them enough.
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While working for CBS News I encountered a few bosses who didn't think I was very good at what I was doing, especially when it came to covering hard news.
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You can find your way across this country using burger joints the way a navigator uses stars.
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