Four decades ago, John McEnroe stormed onto tennis' genteel courts, smashing conventions (and occasionally rackets), to become one of the sport's reigning champions. The tennis star whose temper tantrums on the court were as virtuosic as his athleticism talks about always taking it to the line; how his anger played off the court; and about his new book, "But Seriously." Susan Spencer reports.
As a kid, Sian Pierre Regis said, he didn't really appreciate all that his mother, Rebecca, a single mom, had sacrificed for her kids. But when she lost her job as a housekeeper at a Boston hotel at age 75, Sian Pierre started showing his gratitude in the sweetest possible way: He took her bucket list, and together they started ticking off items one by one. Steve Hartman reports on the mother-and-son adventure of a lifetime.
At age 24 Amy Silverstein developed a life-threatening condition and received a heart transplant. She survived with that heart, and wrote an acclaimed book, "Sick Girl," but 25 years later it, too, began to fail. She is now on her third heart, and has written a moving new book, "My Glory Was I Had Such Friends," about how her family and friends' support kept her alive. Lee Cowan reports.
The standup comic, whose acerbic wit and political topics helped break new ground in the 1950s and '60s, used humor as part of his activism, and taught his children by his example on and off the stage. Erin Moriarty talks with Dick Gregory about how he used comedy to tell harsh truth about civil rights and American society.
Glassmaking techniques were once a state secret in Venice where, on the island of Murano, generations of glass makers have concocted exquisite works of art from a molten sand mixture. Today, the process may be common knowledge, but the craftsmanship and know-how of this Mecca of glass sets Murano an island apart. Seth Doane reports.
In June 2007 Apple released the very first iPhone - an iPod, phone and Internet connection all in one, operated via touchscreen and as futuristic-looking as a sci-fi gizmo. The earliest iPhone didn't have all the features or apps it has today, but it was revolutionary nonetheless. David Pogue, of Yahoo Tech, who was one of the very first journalists to play with the iPhone before its release, reports on the history of the personal device that changed the world.