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course, "the andy griffith show" in the town of mayberry left prime time tv in 1958. would you believe decades later loyal fans continue to flock to the north carolina town that claims mayberry's legacy. a town where, as ted koppel will tell us, there's a fine line between fiction and reality. those guns aren't real, of course, and this is just a replica of a hollywood set for a television series that went off the air more than 50 years ago. so what is it that keeps tourists flocking to mount airy, north carolina, by the hundreds of thousands every year? i'll give you a hint. ♪ >> reporter: ahead on "sunday morning." jane fonda and lily tomlin
have been acting together and breaking rules together for more th're not about to stop now. >> because we are sick and tired of being dismissed by people like you. >> mic drop. >> it seems touch turns to gold, especially the netflix series "grace and frankie." but their careers are more about love than money. >> she gives all her money away. i me,een at least ten times. >> lily tomlin and jane fonda on their long-running show and their forever friendship. our seth doane spent part of the summer on the water enjoying what can only be described as a floating work of art. >> reporter: it was as if scenery, boat, and captain were trying to outdo each other. do you always go boating in a suit? >> no, but she deserves it. >> reporter: she is this vintage
wooden boat, blending glamour, craftsmanship, and a little bit of history. all aboard an italian classic. later on "sunday morning." and much more besides. you may not have noticed that yesterday was international left-handers day. but we think it's perfect timing for rita braver's appreciation of lefties everywhere. conor knighton visits a small town that dares to think big, very big. plus, lee cowan on friday's brutal attack on respected author salman rushdie. major garrett looks back on quite a week for former president donald trump. and a preview of a new opera with martha teichner. it's a "sunday morning" for the 14th of august, 2022. we'll be back in a moment.
large out-of-state corporations have set their sights on california. they've written prop 27, to allow online sports betting. they tell us it will fund programs for the homeless. but read prop 27's fine print. 90% of profits go to out-of-state corporations, leaving almost nothing for the homeless. no real jobs are created here. but the promise between our state and our sovereign tribes would be broken forever. these out-of-state corporations
♪ ♪ elon musk says tesla's full self-driving software is “amazing”, it will “blow your mind.” but does it work? this happens over and over again. 100,000 tesla drivers are already using full self-driving on public roads. i'm dan o'dowd. i'm a safety engineer and tesla full self-driving is the worst commercial software i've ever seen. tell congress to shut it down. paid for by the dawn project. as we mentioned southpaws are celebrated the world over this weekend. our legendary lefty, rita braver, takes a closer look at life on the other hand. >> reporter: this could be any gift and gadget shop.
>> notebooks and pens. >> reporter: but these items and scores of other products in this store are specifically designed for left-handed people. take this pastry server. its sharp cutting edge is on the left side. >> the correct side, we like to say. >> reporter: you may recall the leftorium from "the simpsons." >> wow, what an icebreaker. >> left-handed ledgers. now i can write all the way to the edge. >> reporter: but lefties in san francisco is a real thing. opened by margaret majua in 2008. and, guess what, you are not a lefty. >> no, no. i can't even fake it. i'm terrible with my left hand. >> reporter: no surprise. lefties, including your faithful correspondent, make up only an estimated 10% of the world's population. and majua understands we
sometimes feel, well, left out. so some of your best friends are left- left-handed. of course we lefties do have greatness in our ranks. artists, actors, musicians, techies, and 8 of 45 presidents including president bill clinton. >> we seem to be overrepresented in certain fields. maybe politics, safe cracking, i don't know. >> reporter: has it ever impeded you. >> no, i don't think it's ever impeded me. when i started studying the way the brain functions, it made me wonder if it was a sign of being a little more creative and nonrational in the way you think. and i have no conclusions on it. >> reporter: even about yourself. >> no, i don't. >> reporter: there has been this myth that lefties are more creative.
>> oh, let's kill it together here and now. >> reporter: but there is some research that shows that left-handed people organize thoughts in a different way and tasks in a different way. >> absolutely. and that is really mysterious. >> reporter: author and journalist david wolman was so intrigued by the mysteries and myths surrounding left-handers like him that he spent a year traveling the world to write a book about the hand often associated with the devil. the very word left comes from the old english lyft meaning weak or worthless. >> the latin word for left is sinister. >> reporter: that's really -- ghost in french means kind of crude and undesirable. >> you should certainly not be eating with the left hand in countries where you don't have utensils. >> reporter: why is that? >> well, it's not the cleanest
dinner table talk, but the answer to that is that in poorer parts of the world people are trying to keep separate which hand they eat with and which hand they clean themselves with. >> reporter: you mean after using the bathroom, so to speak. >> exactly. >> reporter: and older americans may still remember when writing with the left hand was a no-no. >> there were schoolteachers who were trying to whack this behavior out of them and in other parts of the world punishments were very severe for following what is just a natural tendency. >> reporter: lefties know all the jibes, the left-handed compliment and, more recently, swipe left or reject. and there's always having two left feet. still, many lefties are great athletes from quarterbacks to tennis players. >> in baseball i think it definitely is a good thr:n left. he's one in a long line of famous southpaw pitchers.
in 2019 he was the closer helping the washington nationals win game one of the world series. >> i got brought in in the eighth inning when they had a left-handed hitter up, and so i got the final out of the eighth inning, and i finished the ninth inning and weep got the win. >> into left center field, and the nationals take game one. >> reporter: one of the advantages seems to be that lefty pitchers are good not just at getting left-handed batters out but also right-handed batters because righties aren't used to facing people like you so much. >> it's just a different look because in baseball there are much, much fewer left-handed pitchers, so the ball is coming in on a different angle. >> reporter: but like most human beings, left or right-handed, doolittle is also a bit ambidextrous. >> i play golf right-handed. i kick with my right foot. i'm pretty good with scissors. >> reporter: which hand do you
bat with? >> i swing a bat lefty but a golf club righty. that's pretty weird. >> reporter: so much is weird about being left-handed. scientists know it's at least partially genetic. but they've never been able to figure out exactly how it's passed on. a recent study by scientists at the university of oxford using genetic data from some 400,000 united kingdom residents has revealed important new information. dr. akira weiberg. >> we compare the difference in dna sequence between a large group of left-handers and a large group of right-handers. and what that showed there were four regions in the genome where the two groups were significantly different on average. >> reporter: professor gwen douad says the study found very preliminary connections between handedness and development of certain diseases. >> the proportion is ever so slightly higher for
schizophrenia in left-handed people, and that's exactly the opposite in parkinson's disease. if you are left-handed you have a slightly lesser risk of developing parkinson's disease. again, we are talking about a very, very small effect. >> reporter: still, professor dominic furniss says the discovery could yield important information on devising new treatments. >> what are the important structures within the brain that are not working properly in these diseases? why are they not working properly at a very fundamental level? >> reporter: the study also found differences between left and right-handers in the brain's white matter, the material through which messages pass to the central nervous system. >> so that's really connecting the different parts of your brain that are enabling language. >> reporter: the study does say that your findings raise the possibility that left-handed
people have an advantage when it comes to performing verbal tasks. >> this is really a theory that we have that requires scientific testing, i would say. >> sometimes, like, i feel a little bit different than everyone else. >> reporter: psychologist charlotte reznick, a lefty herself, welcomes the idea of more scientific research. >> educate others who are right-handed because it's really a little tough to be left-handed in a right-handed world sometimes. >> reporter: the young lefty she introduced us to seemed to take it all in stride. >> i don't pay attention to that. >> reporter: even the ink stains. >> that's the only bad thing i've noticed about being lefty, you always get it on your hand. it's very annoying. >> reporter: still -- >> it's something that you should be proud of even though you're different. >> reporter: what would you say to parents who think, oh, gosh,
my child would just do better because the world is right-handed? >> hey, no. >> reporter: and what would lefty expert david wolman do if somebody came to you and said i can magically make you right handed like everybody else -- >> me? >> reporter: what would you say? >> i would say are you out of your mind? >> reporter: right. >> no, never. no, no, no. >> reporter: me either. cheers to lefties. when all that chuggin' makes you want to get out, get out there. and bring a friend. lipton green tea with antioxidant vitamin c keeps you feeling better, while making time together better. lipton. stop chuggin'. start sippin'. -well, i'm not 100% sold yet. -okay, have you considered -- it's fine, flo. she's not interested. i get it. not everyone wants to save money. -what's she doing? -i don't know. renters and homeowners can bundle and save. for what? a trip to bora bora? bora boring.
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as you've probably heard renowned author salman rushdie was stabbed multiple times at a speaking engagement in western new york state on friday. it's a sad chapter in the life of the outspoken writer, author of the controversial novel "the satanic verses." we have more from our lee cowan. >> reporter: it all played out in front of a horrified audience, famed author salman rushdie was at the chautauqua institution in western new york where police say a man in the audience suddenly rushed the stage and attacked him. also injured was the event's moderator, henry reese. >> there was an attack on freedom of expression, and someone who was probably just i one to back away from a fight. united states was a safe haven for exiled writers.
but before he could get a word out, the 75-year-old was being airlifted to a nearby hospital in pennsylvania where he underwent surgery for multiple stab wounds. although the wounds are considered serious, he's said to be off the ventilator and able to speak. >> british author salman rushdie went into hiding today from the storm over his novel "the satanic verses." >> reporter: rushdie's life in hiding began in 1989 when outrage over his novel reached a fevered pitch all around the world. the 547-page volume fictionalized the live of muhammad making controversial references to the prophet himself, islam, and the karan. it was almost instantly banned in countries including bangladesh, sudan, sri lanka, even india where rushdie was born. the then supreme leader of iran, the ayatollah khamenei, went so far as m to kil
hi if they could find him. >> however offensive that book may be, inciting murder and offering rewards for its perpetration are deeply offensive to the norms of civilized behavior. >> he doesn't have the right to slander and distort and tell lies. that's what we are against. >> reporter: protests soon spread to the u.s. as well. >> hands off rushdie. >> reporter: over time, however, rushdie became a quiet but dedicated hero. a symbol of free speech even as he lived his life on run. rushdie, though, did re-enter society living quite freely in new york where our martha teichner talked with him back in 2002. >> i'm just getting back to the
ordinary business of being a writer. >> reporter: while he understood the power of his plight and fought for author's rights, he seemed to hope that his legacy would be more than just that one novel, one he never even considered to be his best. >> to be famous for the wrong thing is a terrible thing. i've spent a dozen years of my life trying to climb out from that. >> reporter: the suspect in friday's attack, 25-year-old hadi matar from fairview, new jersey, pleaded not guilty to attempted second-degree murder chargence friday condemneheta b a few extremist groups praised it seeing it as vindication that the fatwa had finally been carried out and warned attacks on those who oppose the islamic republic would continue. for his fans and friends, the fact that rushdie was attacked in such a quiet place dedicated to the art of writing and free thought is certainly reason for
pause. >> if you're a writer, you should continue to write and you should write bravely and truthfully. >> reporter: which is exactly what he did. >> yes. art lives on but writers do not. and it's our job to defend them. >> reporter: as salman rushdie himself once queried, just what is freedom of expression? without the freedom to offend, he said, it ceases to exist. open. it's a beautiful word. neighborhoods "open". businesses "open". fields "open". who doesn't love "open"? offices. homes. stages. possibilities. your world. open. and you can help keep it that way. ♪♪
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time for us to set sail in a post card from italy compliments of our seth doane. >> reporter: it's a nice day for boating. >> there's nothing like her. >> reporter: this wooden 1970 aquarama is not for sale. >> this is one piece of cedar from lebanon. >> reporter: you would never know that from how alberto galassi speaks. >> this is a piece of mahogany. >> reporter: his enthusiasm for this boat a riva -- wow, it has everything -- started long before he ran ferretti group which now owns the brand. he took us out on italy's picturesque lake iseo racing past riva's factory as perhaps only the ceo could. you wanted not just a boat. you wanted a riva.
>> first of all, a boat is a riva. >> reporter: there's no other sort of boat? you sell other sorts of boats. >> let's be honest, when you say you have a ferrari, you need to say you have a car? a riva is the same thing. a riva is beyond bothing. a riva is a myth. it's been in the hands of movie stars, rock stars, sheiks, kings, tycoons. >> reporter: riva's aquarama designed by carlo riva debuted in 1962 during the glamorous la dolce vita years of the post-war boom. stars including sophia loren, brigitte bardot and elizabeth taylor owned rivas. and the boat itself plays a supporting role in dozens of films. >> don't shoot. don't shoot. >> reporter: and talk about product placement, riva was
featured this may shuttling guests at the latest kardashian wedding. >> they are the new sophia loren. they talk to the new generation. sometimes are changing. >> reporter: and times have changed for the company. while these wooden classics may be the spirit of riva, the real money today is in super yachts which galassi says accounts for 70% of riva sales. but how do you keep the sense of what made you famous? >> that's our job. that's in details. details remind you of the previous models, the style. it's a bloody difficult job, i can tell you. >> reporter: some of the original design choices are echoed decades later in the new anniversario model, a limited edition tribute to the aquarama, which riva stopped producing in 1996 spawning a new business, maintenance, the costly process of keeping them up.
>> this one dates back to 1963. >> reporter: richard freebody showed us this riva dry docked at his boat yard on the thames near london. what's different about a riva from another wooden boat? >> the feeling of the '60s and the glamour attached, it is the design that was sort of thevaf on the water. >> reporter: freebody's company makes its own wooden boats. >> they're beautiful. >> reporter: these are electric but still have more traditional details and extras. >> this is our famous picnic drawer which is becoming quite a must have. >> reporter: nice. everything you need for a picnic. >> even a cake knife for afternoon teas by the river. >> reporter: very english. back in italy we saw some of that same attention to detail.
fabrizio sonzogno was sanding wood for the anniversario which will get 20 coats of varnish. how do you feel? [ speaking foreign language ] >> reporter: it's beautiful because this is the spirit of the wood, he told us. you can feel it. alberto galassi is working to keep riva's spirit alive, though he says they'll never make an aquarama again saying it would be a sin to try. >> it's a masterpiece. in italy we are obsessed, i would say, with beauty. sometimes i say we are condemned to beauty. >> reporter: condemned? larbeauty. urroded b bety. thgt ce looking, something is not beautiful, it gives you a shock. so we can't live without. >> reporter: sadly, most of us will have to live without a riva. this one nearly 50 years old has gone up in value to roughly three-quarters of a million
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and i suppose me and you both wanted that apple and i grabbed it and wouldn't give you half of it. now how would you feel? >> i wouldn't mind. >> you wouldn't? >> there's a worm in it. >> "the andy griffith show" aired. turns oa tedl hdabe s vilar north ♪ >> reporter: that tall amiable sheriff and his little boy opie heading to a fishing hole on the outskirts of mayberry, north carolina, were actually strolling along a lake in beverly hills, california. ron howard, he is the actor who played opie, is now one of hollywood's top directors.
most of the other stars, andy griffith, don knotts who played his deputy barney fife, and the actors who played aunt bee and floyd the barber, they've all passed on. after all, it's been 54 years since andy left the show, so it may come as something of a surprise to learn that mayberry is doing just fine. even though it's actual name is mount airy and its only genuine link to "the andy griffith show" is that andy was born and grew up here. >> andy griff i, god bless him, if he hadn't been born in this town, we wouldn't be standing here having this conversation. enjoy your tour today. >> reporter: randy collins is president and ceo of the mount airy chamber of commerce, and he's recalling when north carolina's tobacco and textile industries had the stuffing knocked out of them.
>> after the mills closed, i think a lot of the town fathers and business owners got together and said, hey, you know, what about this may burrier thing? maybe we can do something with it. and businesses were born or re-invented. >> reporter: it's a little bizarre, isn't it? it went off the air. >> right. >> reporter: more than 50 years ago. >> necessary. >> reporter: it captured a reality that never was. >> rue. mayberry is fictitious. most everyone knows that except maybe some of the rabld ib fans the show. >> reporter: the town isn't doing a whole lot to undermine the illusion. stop by at wally's filling station and you can get a ride around town in a vintage ford galaxy squad car. these days there's a whole fleet of them carting tourists around town. >> we are constantly looking at
other ways that we can promote the community because we know the mayberry generation won't be here forever. but now with streaming television andy will be forever with us and we hope a younger generation will pick it up. >> reporter: as if on cue -- the foster family from pomeroy, ohio, showed up. >> watch it monday through friday. >> reporter: it's no exaggeration to say this re-creation verges on being a national monument. you watch "the andy griffith show" four hours a day? >> more than that. >> reporter: what do you mean more than that? >> it's on sometimes early in the morning. >> reporter: aren't you afraid that after a month or two of watching four hours or more a day that you're going to turn his little brain to mush? >> oh, no. >> no. >> good wholesome shows.
>> reporter: tell me why you like it so much. >> good, clean comedy fun. >> good, clean comedy, has morals, values. you don't see that a lot today in tv. >> reporter: down on main street where tourists beacon to floyd's barbershop or grab a bite at the snappy lunch -- >> we drove from louisiana for the famous pork chops sandwich. >> that is so good. >> reporter: you hear the same thing. >> kind of messy but it's delicious. >> i think the generations now long for that simplicity of the episodes of andy being real with his son about stealing or doing the right thing and as a godless society we see today is longing for simple life back when neighbors were neighbors and they provided for everybody else. >> what do you see, mr. koppel? let me flip it back on you. >> reporter: sure.
>> what do you see? >> reporter: what you're saying is true of certain people. if you were black in the '60s, things were not all that good for you. >> true. >> reporter: if you were a vietnam vet coming back -- >> spit on -- >> reporter: things were not all that good for you. ♪ down in the valley valley so low ♪ >> reporter: what actually happened during the years the program first played? >> the world seems to have veered off, at least for the moment. the collision course toward global annihilation. >> from dallas, texas, the flash, president kennedy died. >> allied casualties are high. >> a negro citizen of dallas county marching from selma to montgomery. >> reporter: those of us never intruded inside mayberry's time limits. >> can you give me a ride? >> i can't.
barney has the squad car and is off on a very important mission. >> reporter: mayberry is where more than 30 million americans a week went to escape reality which is why it's strange to find so many people half a made america great in a copy of a town that never was. >> you folks are going to have to stand up off the curb so you won't get your toes run over. >> reporter: and as randy collins of the chamber of commerce acknowledges, african americans were all but invisible on "the andy griffith show." >> there were very few speaking parts. >> reporter: one. >> okay, opie, take over quarterback position. let's go. >> if you watch closely in the crowd scenes, i think andy and others on the show pushed to make sure that there were people of color in the crowds. but you have to look closely. >> reporter: maggie rosser is in her 90s now. she and her younger brother and
sister were all born here, left and returned. >> i moved back here in 1973. so we wanted a sandwich and we went in -- >> reporter: here in mount airy? >> on main street. and they served us but we had to go out. >> reporter: they wouldn't let you sit -- >> right. >> reporter: so even in 1973 -- >> yes. >> reporter: or a little bit after. >> a little bit after. yes. >> reporter: bobby scales, also b born and raised in mount airy. has a clear memory of race relations in the '60s. >> blacks knew where they belonged. whites knew where you belonged, too. and everything was segregated. >> black people didn't exist. >> reporter: evelyn scales thompson is bobby scales' twin.
>> in making those programs it was for the white population. >> reporter: she believed she understands the ongoing popularity of the program. >> it's appealing to people who are not familiar with small towns. and what andy has projected is a quiet, peaceful town with everybody happy. everybody is looking for peace. >> reporter: mayberry, mount airy, a good place to live? >> it's a be here. >> repor unwrap that for me. i mean, you know, your home is where you make it. >> yes, but not where you were born in your memories and family. >> reporter: if your memories are mostly memories of being treated as the lesser, why would you want to stay? >> i wasn't treated as a lesser in my family. i have plenty of family history.
our property is there and memories of childhood is still very strong. i'm very satisfied with being retired in the place where i grew up. >> reporter: somehow mount airy becomes more complex with each conversation. >> i bet. yes, indeed. >> reporter: mount airy is a place where fantasy and reality interse in intersect. do people here believe that joe biden is the legitimate president? >> that's a good question. our former president had a lot of support here. if you took a poll that would probably not lean in our current president's favor. >> reporter: as for the visitors for $20 a pop they get to ride on a trolley car tour of mount airy. sometimes a fellow in a deputy's uniform, and he does look a
little like barney fife, rides on. the elvis impersonator was an unexplained bonus. as was the entire crew from cbs "sunday morning." now i know you came here to have a good time and not to talk politics, but let me just ask you as a matter of curiosity, how many of you think we had a fair election? >> no way. >> reporter: i saw two hands go up. so is it fair to say the rest of you think that it was not a fair election? >> no, it wasn't. >> i don't think it was at all. >> reporter: it was a fair election? >> by no means. >> reporter: because? >> i think there was a lot of voter fraud. it was more the mail-in ballots. you don't know how much of those were duplicated, triplicated. >> reporter: one question, it's a serious question and i know you all will take it seriously,
tell me what you think happened on january 6th at congress? >> they showed truckloads of people that they were bringing in for this was all staged and that's how that started. they didn't show pictures on the news about the vehicles coming in. >> reporter: yes, sir, you were starting to say? >> a disgrace on our country. >> reporter: whose fault was it? one writer did blame donald trump, but he was in a distinct minority. >> i think it was staged. we've been to a lot of trump rallies. i don't understand why they're focusing on that one issue when there are so many cities being burned down every day by protesters. it's supposed to be peaceful but it's all focused on holding these people -- >> kill everybody that was there. >> throw them in jail. >> we don't even watch news on tv. we don't feel that we are being told the truth.
and we found our truth in other ways and i won't say what those other ways are, but i feel like we're not being told the truth because we're trying to be swayed in a direction we know is not the right direction. >> reporter: i won't be offended. i've been a journalist all my life. when president trump talked about the press being the enemy of the people -- >> they are. they are and i love president trump. i love that man. i do. injust hope when this airs it won't show southerners as a bunch of dumb idiots like so many parts of the country do. we have a lot of love in our hearts. we love our country. we love our fellow man. and if the reps of the country felt like that, it would be a better place. >> mr. koppel, can i say something? >> reporter: sure. >> this conversation about politics is what people come here to get away from.
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outskirts of casey, illinois, claims 3,000 people live here. it's being generous. the latest estimates are actually closer to 2,700. but the population is about the only thing in casey that's smaller than you'd expect it to be. gosh, it's hard to get the whole thing in. i feel i have to go low. there we go. casey is home to the world's largest rocking chair and the world's largest pitchfork and the world's largest golf tee. from the largest mailbox in the world you can look out on a main street that could be in any american small town. now you've lived here all your life? >> all my life. >> reporter: what was it like when you started to see some of the businesses close down? >> it's heartbreaking because when you grow up in a small community, you know everybody. you see a town just kind of slowly dying off. >> reporter: the factories that once employed workers here have all closed or moved away. they packed up and left for
bigger cities, even locals like jim bolin trying to think of how to revive the town. >> we're trying to think of ways to get people to come and shop. >> reporter: it all started with this, the world's largest wind chime. erected in 2011 to drive tourists to jim's wife's cafe. >> the wind chime when i first built it, that's my fishing lure. we cast it out to the interstate and tried to reel people in to our small town to see what we've got. >> reporter: and are you catching fish? >> yes, we're catching fish. >> reporter: bolin's experiment was such a success he went on a giant building spree. his family owns a pipeline business, so he had easy access to the raw materials. did you start to feel like a man on a mission? >> yeah, yeah. because at this point i'm
thinking, okay, what can we do for our town? i'm looking at different businesses and trying to find something that would correlate with their business. >> reporter: free of charge he gave the local barbershop the world's largest barbershop pole. the candy store up the street got a whimsical pair of the world's largest wooden shoes. do people come in just to see the shoes? >> yes. they come in to see the shoes and then they find out it's in a candy store, so it helps me as well. >> reporter: bolin meticulously researches his creations and works with the guinness world record organization to get them certified. along the way he's built plenty of large items around town that aren't necessarily record holders. >> this isn't even the world's largest, this is just big. a big pencil. >> reporter: the collection of giant objects has put casey, halfway between st. louis and indianapolis, on the map. what's been your favorite so far? >> the rocking chair. >> reporter: from the rocking chair you can see the license
plates of all the cars that stop by. >> the folks are out of pennsylvania. >> reporter: do you get people from all over? >> all over. california, texas. >> reporter: and all these cars have given lifelong resident jimmie wilson a sight he thought he'd never see. the idea after traffic jam in casey, illinois, is that a new concept? >> oh, my gosh, yes, it is. and we have road rage now because we have all these people coming to town, and they're going so slow and gawking around that people get upset. >> reporter: that's the kind of problem this town wants to have. >> i'm telling you, i can't believe it. it's the greatest thing that's ever happened here. >> reporter: when the flag goes up on the giant mailbox, it means someone's dropped in another letter, a tourist most likely, hoping to commemorate their trip. just to know people are excited of having a post mark from
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vote yes on 27. you can't get out of your driveway without me. how are you going to get to mexico? >> oh, hell to the ya, whoo-whoo. you are in charge. >> i regret this already. >> it's "sunday morning" on cbs. and here again is tracy smith. jane fonda and lily tomlin still stirring things up in their 80s and talking about acting, age and activism. >> we're making vibrators for women with arthritis. >> yes, vibrators! brilliant. grace! >> how could this not be entertaining? jane fonda and lily tomlin are grace and frankie, two feisty octonagerians. >> i'm an 80-year-old woman and
i've earned the right to take my sweet [ bleep ] time. >> that's my girl. >> in the show the two women became friends only after their husbands, played by martin sheen and sam waterston reveal they're in love with each other. >> you mean you're gay and this is who you're gay with? >> and get married. hilarity ensues. >> i don't want to be alone. >> i'm here. >> but the show's humanity endures. >> we both have been told by women who have faced terrible things that watching "grace and frankie" has kept their head above water, given them hope. almost there! >> it's also given them a million laughs. >> do we look like we're senile and can't remember anything? where is the car? >> tomlin and fonda are actually great friends in real life, but they're not exactly like the women they play. for instance, jane fonda doesn't drink fearly as much as grace. >> yeah, you stopped drinking. >> and here is why, it's because
even with one drink, like if i had a martini tonight, i would be at half-mast tomorrow. that wasn't true when i was younger. but as you get older, i think alcohol affects you differently and i only have so many tomorrows left. i don't want to be at half-mast for any of them. ♪ well i don't know why i came here tonight ♪ >> "grace and frankie" premiered in 2015 and has just wrapped its seventh and final season making it the longest running original series on netflix ever. did either of you imagine starting out that at this point in your lives you would have a steady gig like this? >> no. >> no, i didn't. >> no. >> i was ready to go on the road again. a child was asked to describe the feeling of joy. she said it's mild and gentle on your hands. i worry that drugs have forced us to be more creative than we really are. >> back in the '70s lily tomlin's road act was her widely
acclaimed one-woman show appearing nightly. >> i thought you liked that other kind of cake, that cake with the icing. stop talking about that cake! >> when jane went to see it, she had just started working on an idea for a movie that would become "9:00 to 5:00." what did you think watching lily on stage? >> i fell in love. i mean, i was blown away. and when i left the theater that night, i said to myself, i'm not making a movie about secretaries unless -- unless lily tomlin is in it. >> and we know how that turned out. >> you mean she's a company spy? >> i wouldn't say that. i would just say if you want to gossip in the ladies room i would check under the stalls for her shoes. >> happy birthday, myra. >> you may not know lily tomlin quit after the first day of shooting. >> i said, just, you have to let me out of the movie. you don't have to pay me anything.
i thought i was just awful. i said, i'm just going to ruin the movie. and then i saw the dailies from the second day, because he couldn't draw up the papers quickly enough. and so i -- and inthought, well, i'm pretty good. it's okay now. i think i'll just keep this part. >> they've been friends since, together on set -- >> climate change has got to go. >> and occasionally on the protest lines. in 2019 the pair, who both have a long history of social activism, were arrested together on the steps of the u.s. capitol during a demonstration over climate change. >> forests are a key ally -- >> jane says political activism is, well, in her blood. >> i think a lot of that comes from my father. as an actor he either played an underdog or he played people who stood up for the underdog. >> wherever there's a fight so hungry people can eat, i'll be there.
wherever there's a cop beating up a guy, i'll be there. >> that was like in his dna. he didn't like bullies. he believed we have to fight for people who were less fortunate. and i inherited that from him. >> that's in your dna, too. >> mm. >> off screen henry fonda was said to be an intensely private man, and jane says she inherited some of that, too. >> i'm my father's daughter. i could be in a car with him for three hours and he wouldn't say a word. it's hard for me to be social. it's very hard for me to go to parties and all of that. i'm not comfortable at all. so any excuse to be by myself is -- >> you like that. you force yourself to go out. >> kind of, yeah. and when i do go out i tend to find a corner and stay in one place the whole evening. >> but she always seems to show up when she's needed.
in fact, jane fonda started making her famed workout tapes to raise cash for the causes she believed in. >> and so i thought maybe i should start a company that will fund what we're trying to do. and i had a very smart friend who said never go into a business that you don't understand. but there was one thing i knew which was exercise. >> she sold close to 17 million copies of her "feel the burn" tapes, and she gave most of her profits away. in fact, she still does. >> she does that. she gives all her money away. i mean, this jacket, i've seen this at least ten times. >> still, her lifetime of exercise has had benefits beyond merely financial. at 84 she looks great. in fact, they both do. >> i'm super conscious that i'm closer to death, and it doesn't really bother me that much. what bothers me is that my body is, you know, basically not mine. my knees are not mine.
my hips are not mine. my shoulder is not mine. you're looking at somebody who is only me from here up. >> oh, grow some, frances. >> the truth is what makes jane and lily and grace and frankie work is that fake joints and all -- >> thank you so much -- >> they seem so very real. >> the fact is if you're alive and relatively healthy at an older -- i'm almost 85. the fact that i'm still alive and working, wow. who cares if i don't have my old joints and i can't ski or bike or run anymore? my father was six years younger than i am when he died and he seemed so old. so, you know, age is not so important. it's health. you can be really old at 60 and you can be really young at 85. health. >> it's beautifully put. why are you laughing?
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ibn said, dead more than 150 years, appeared to blink as if he had come back to life. and that was the point why this spoleto festival usa in charleston, south carolina, commissioned omar which had its world premiere memorial day weekend to let this real man speak for himself. ♪ >> this is an omar inspired by the writings he left us, the writings that were written in enslavement. ♪ he got down on his knees ♪ >> reporter: grammy winner and macarthur genius grant recipient, singer/songwriter rhiannon giddens, was asked to write the opera. omar ibn said, a muslim scholar, kidnapped from his home in africa and sold into slavery
left behind an autobiography in arabic, a remarkable document. the only one of its kind known to exist. >> it's as close as i could get to putting a voice from the time of slavery. >> reporter: what did you know about omar? >> i had never heard of omar. i was like, who? >> reporter: what did you know of omar ibn said? >> nothing. >> reporter: giddens brought in competer michael abels. >> this is snoanother example h our history is not being told to us. >> in a different way than i had known before. >> reporter: meaning omar ibn said was far from unique. as many as 20% to 30% of the enslaved africans brought to the united states were muslim. omar is a stand-in for tens of thousands of people largely forgotten by history. >> this is the original
autobiography written by omar ibn said, in his hand. >> reporter: it's hard not to say wow. written by himself in 1831. this translation is from the 1860s. >> and it starts out in the name of the merciful. >> reporter: he starts out with a muslim prayer. >> mm-hmm. >> reporter: lanisa kitchiner heads the african and middle eastern division of the library of coppngress which acquired itn 2019. >> he moves on throughout the translation to speak of his story in senegal, to speak of his story upon arrival to the united states. >> reporter: omar writes that he was from futa toro in northern senegal, that he spent 25 years studying islam. a big army came, he goes on, and took me. after a month and a half at sea he arrived in charleston, south
carolina, most likely here. it was a critical year in the history of american slavery. >> in 1807 it's important to note that there was the act of the prohibition, the importation of slaves. scholars argue that omar ibn said was perhaps on one of the last legal ships leaving west africa coming into the united states with a cargo of african individuals. ♪ >> reporter: he escaped a cruel owner then walk more than 200 miles to fayetteville, north carolina, where he was caught and thrown in jail. what he did next astonished all who saw.
so the story goes, he found a bit of charcoal and began writing verses from the karan in arabic on the walls of his cell. so these are omar's own words in his own hand writing? >> yes. >> reporter: on these drapes. >> right. omar opens this act. >> reporter: christopher myers is the production designer for "omar the opera." >> this dramatic moment that he is writing is still the central moment of the entire piece. >> reporter: because of what? >> because it was illegal at the time. it was a remarkable thing for a black man to be writing, to be speaking his culture, to kind of reveal the breadth and width of his humanity. ♪ >> reporter: james owen, a prominent planter and politician, a devout christian, is intrigued.hes omar, gives hi
treatment, introduces him to christianity. ♪ >> reporter: omar may or may not have converted, willingly or not. he was enslaved and everything that's known about his life, the question of his conversion, even what's in his autobiography, has to be seen through that lens. >> i felt like i was reading a document by someone who was watching his words. >> reporter: what do you mean? >> i didn't feel his heart. i felt like he was hiding himself. >> reporter: but without these pages, without being able to stare into his eyes, there would be no opera attempting to fill in the blanks. omar will travel next to los angeles and multiple other cities after that. ♪
>> reporter: omar ibn said was thought to be 93 when he died in 1864. after the emancipation proclamation, before the end of the civil war. he was never freed. why is omar's story important to tell people? >> because of everything we've been talking about, recovering our history and telling the full history of the united states in a way that includes what a multicultural country we've always been. >> i don't think i can say it better than julie does in the opera. ♪ tell your story, omar ♪ ♪ you must or they will never know and we will fade into dust ♪ that's it. we need to know their stories. and then we know more about who we are now.
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