New York City stockbroker John Taeni has spent a lifetime amassing his collection of autographs - tens of thousands of signatures from world leaders and notables of history. Why does he do it? Charles Osgood went in search of an answer in this CBS News report which originally aired September 25, 1975.
Folk singer Ramblin' Jack Elliott ran away to join the rodeo at age 15, fell in love with the cowboy life, and started spilling folk songs in a way that "sounded more like Woody Guthrie than Woody Guthrie." Charles Osgood visits with the musical storyteller, in a tale originally broadcast February 21, 1999.
There may not be much in common between the 84-year-old man and the six-year-old child with muscular dystrophy, yet their friendship is anything but uncommon. It's yet another example of the group called Family Friends - senior citizens who befriend children that are chronically ill or disabled. Charles Osgood introduces us to a few. Originally broadcast December 12, 1991.
Don't try telling us that kids these days don't go in for Elizabethan drama. Seven thousand high school students from across the United States participated in the Shakespeare Competition, with a lucky few chosen to visit New York City to share an in-depth exploration of the Bard's works. Charles Osgood reports. Originally broadcast May 22, 1994.
The ageless teenage detective, created by Edward Stratemeyer, was celebrated at a 50th birthday party in New York City, featuring Stratemeyer's daughter, Harriet Stratemeyer Adams, who herself wrote more than 50 Nancy Drew mysteries following her father's death. Charles Osgood attends the festivities. Originally broadcast on the "CBS Evening News" on April 17, 1980.
Pat Conte is a common man, with an uncommon passion for music - uncommon enough that the suburban New Yorker has collected hundreds of exotic instruments from around the world, and photos and artifacts of musicians from other cultures. It's enough to make his basement look like a one-man Smithsonian exhibit. "Sunday Morning" anchor Charles Osgood paid him a visit. Originally broadcast September 24, 2000.