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captioning made possible by johnson & johnson, where quality products for the american family have been a tradition for generations >> osgood: good morning. i'm charles osgood and this is sunday morning. when it comes to issues of crime and punishment, the stakes are never higher than when the crime is murder and the punishment is death. opinion with capital punishment is sharply divided in the united states. and the debate is playing out right now in two very different death row cases. death don will be reporting our cover story. >> reporter: bar owing a last- minute stay this friday ronnie
lee gardner will be executed by firing squad. >> some people deserve to die. we have an obligation to kill them. >> reporter: this september gail owens is scheduled to die by lethal injection. >> i've never seen a case that has this many. >> reporter: later on sunday morning, we take you behind prison walls where the death penalty is personal. >> osgood: bugs are the bane of many a summer picnic. could they ever be the stuff of beautiful art? the answer is yes, as our john blackstone will show us. >> i was phobic of insects growing up. the first half of my life i could not stay far enough away from bugs. >> reporter: now christopher marley's life is nothing but bugs. >> this is from a pool in new guinea. this is is from the philippines. this is from peru. >> reporter: bugs he transforms into art. learning to find the beauty in things that creep and crawl
and bite later on sunday morning. >> osgood: tonight is tony night here on cbs. and few performers are more at home on broadway than angela lansbury, who has been nominated for best featured actress in a musical. of course she's also perfectly at home on tv or in movies too. this morning she'll talk about all that and more with "cbs evening news" anchor katie couric. >> to life. >> couric: angela lansbury on life. >> i really only come to life i think when i'm working. >> couric: angela lansbury on work. >> all i needed was a body, you know, a crime, and i was off and running. >> couric: and angela lansbury on viagra. >> women don't have anything like that. well, they're beginning to now apparently. they're trying to develop something along those lines. i hear they are, yes. >> couric: this has taken an odd turn, hasn't it? >> hasn't it. do you want to continue this conversation? >> couric: later on sunday
morning. >> osgood: golfers belonging to a special club will be competing in a remarkable tournament today. our bill geist remembers last year's event. >> reporter: the most phenomenal golfers we've seen aren't on the pga tour. >> hello, everybody. welcome to mount kisco new york in the 32nd annuals masters of blind golf. blind golf. really? later on sunday morning. >> osgood: we'll also hear how basketball rivals magic johnson and larry bird became fast friends. dierks bentley. and ponder the future of orphan annie. the 13th of june, 2010. the wait continues for families of 22 people still missing after flash floods ripped through an arkansas karch ground early friday. 18 bodies have already been recovered.
we have more. >> reporter: hundreds of rescue workers set out early saturday still optimistic that some of the two dozen missing in the flash flooding might be found alive. rescue coordinator john strom described the effort. >> our efforts are still continuing. we're recombing the areas we've been in before. >> reporter: but as the death toll amounted amid word that a third of the dead were children, hopes began to dim. at a nearby church families of those still missing drew strength from one another. pastor craig told of two young mothers suffering unimaginable pain. >> both families, both husbands are dead. all four of the boys have drowned. and the little seven-year-old daughter is missing. i mean it's just tragic. >> reporter: the search's focus has shifted miles downstream. an indication this is no longer about rescue. but recovery. for sunday morning, this is dave browde. >> osgood: bp has been told to come up with a better plan for containing the ever-growing oil spill in the gulf of
mexico. the coast guard wants it by the end of the day. day 55 of the big spill. president obama pays another visit to the stricken gulf coast region tomorrow. gobs of crude have now begun washing up on the alabama shoreline. from the leaking bp oil rig. in many places clean-up workers easily outnumbered beach goers. spirit airlines has canceled all flights for a second day after pilots walked out in a wage dispute. the florida-based airline carries about 17,000 passengers a day between eastern u.s., the caribbean and latin america. abby isn't giving up on her dream to sail solo around the world. the 16-year-old who was rescued yesterday by a fishing boat two days after she was lost in the indian ocean. she's headed now to reunion island where she'll catch up with her much relieved family. it's been said a tie is like kissing your sister. yesterday at the world cup in south africa, team usa was
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>> osgood: officials in utah are spending the weekend weighing the ultimate question of crime and punishment. whether to honor a killer's last-minute appeal and reduce his death sentence to life. halfway across the country the fate of another convicted murderer hangs in the balance. two different cases that reflect a larger national issue as seth doane reports now in our sunday morning cover story. >> reporter: ronnie lee gardner deserves to die, so say the people of utah. where he killed a bartender in cold blood and then murdered an attorney during an escape attempt. >> i certainly hope that the supreme court goes through and we execute mr. gardner on the 18th of june. >> reporter: gail owens also faces death.
in tennessee on september 28. for hiring someone to kill her husband in 1985. more on her story later. as for gardner, barring a last- minute stay, just after midnight this friday he will become the 30th person put to death in the united states this year. ordinarily executions attract little national attention, but this one is different. if his appeal is denied tomorrow, gardner has requested to die by firing squad. he will be strapped to this chair, a hood pulled over his head and a target placed over his heart. and he will be shot to death. the first such execution since 1996. >> this is clearly a throwback to an earlier time. people wonder how could we still be doing that? >> reporter: richard dieter is executive director of the death penalty information center in washington d.c. >> in choosing firing squad,
gardner has put this issue back on the front pages. for him this will be life and death. but for the country we do need to talk about this. we're going to kill somebody. we do that pretty regularly. not that often but, you know, every week somebody is being executed in the united states. >> reporter: with so much attention focused again on the death penalty, you might be surprised to learn that in 2009, fewer people were sentenced to death than any time in the last 30 years. so are we witnessing the slow death of the death penalty itself? overall, executions are down. since reaching a peak of 98 in 1999, in the last decade, the number has dropped by almost half. to 52 last year. >> there's a couple things going on. one is that we are aware in ways we never realized before that mistakes are made. that sometimes innocent people
are convicted and sentenced to death, perhaps even executed. >> what has life been like on death row? >> pretty bad. >> reporter: that's partly because of the advent of dna testing. which has freed 17 prisoners from death row. and while capital punishment still on the books in 35 states, it takes on average 11 years to carry out a sentence. a process, says dieter, that's costly, litigious and.... >> it's very haphazardly used. about 85% of those executions are in the south. half of them are in texas. most states do not have an execution in a single year. >> reporter: dieter believes the death penalty is a model of inconsistency and supports a national moratorium. >> if you were to look at who is on death row right now, you would find that about 80% of the cases are for people who killed a white victim.
somehow in our system that's what was considered a worse crime. that's not fair. >> reporter: so why have the death penalty at all? public sentiment for one reason. a recent cbs news poll shows 63% of americans favor the death penalty. a number that's remaybed fairly consistent over the past 20 years. why? just ask robert blecker. >> because some people deserve to die. we have an obligation to kill them. >> reporter: he is a professor at new york law school and a well known proponent of capital punishment. >> it just comes from a sense, a feeling that justice should be done. a feeling that we forget the past so easily. a feeling that the victim's voices cry out. >> reporter: in your view, who deserves to die? >> the most cruel people deserve to die. those people who take intense pleasure from the suffering of others: the torturer, rapist,
murderer, child killer. and at the other extreme, the callous, the cold, the wanton. they kill because somebody is in their way. >> reporter: life without parole is not enough of a punishment? >> no because life without parole is life. >> if we had a death penalty that only picked the worst of the worst, that would make some sense. but what we have is often the death penalty for those who got the worst lawyer. >> reporter: which brings us back to gail owens. have you ever seen a death penalty case like this. you've worked a lot of them. >> no, i've never seen a case that has this many injustices. >> reporter: kelly henry is a federal public defender trying desperately to save gail owens' life. unless tennessee governor steps in, this september owens would become the first woman executed in tennessee since 1820. >> we're really surprised and shocked and sad to see something like this happen.
>> reporter: no one disputes the facts. in 1985, owens hired an accomplice, sidney porterfield to kill her husband ronald. from there, things get complicated. >> gail's abusive was sexual. marital rape. >> reporter: henry claims her client was a battered wife, that owens' husband was cheating on her and that none of that mitigating evidence was presented at her trial. so this is just a case of poor representation? >> it is a case of the worst representation that you could possibly have. >> i remember that it just seem like a sense less killing. >> reporter: don was the assistant district attorney who prosecuted gail owens for what he remembers as a brutal murder. he's not buying the batter woman defense. >> i think that's something that is being created at this time. i have no sense that that's in
fact reality. >> reporter: do you feel that gail owens deserves to die for that crime? >> i guess the answer to that is yes, i do, but that has no meaning. >> reporter: why? >> the real meaning is that a jury of 12 of her peers looked at all the evidence in the case and determined that the appropriate punishment in this case was death. >> reporter: but attorney kelly henry insists important evidence was left out. including a psychologist's opinion that owens was abused. >> now that expert has since given us an affidavit that says that gail told her about the abuse and that if anyone had ever asked her she would have been able to testify at trial that gail was a battered woman and the criteria for battered woman's syndrome. >> reporter: how different would this case be if it was tried today as opposed to 195? >> frankly gail wouldn't get a life sentence if she was tried today. >> reporter: a picture perfect family now the focus of a
murder investigation. to support that claim henry points to another tennessee murder. the highly publicized 2006 trial of mary winkler. >> ms. winkler was convicted of shooting her husband who was a minister in the back while her children were asleep. she had very good retained lawyers who were able to conduct the thorough battered women's syndrome evaluation that needed to be done in her case. >> reporter: winkler was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter. not only did she not get the death penalty, she served just 210 days in jail. when she got out she was granted custody of her children. she even got to tell her story to oprah. >> do you feel that you served enough time for this crime? >> no. i just was ready for them to lock the door and throw away the key. >> reporter: gaiman owens was not so lucky.
she has been on death row for 24 years. at the tennessee prison for women. >> the truth and somber reality is that i am and will always be responsible for putting the wheels in motion that resulted in ron's death. i am so very sorry for that. >> reporter: owens has never spoken before on camera. she agreed to appear in our report to read from a letter she's written to the governor. >> i have heard that time heals everything, but i beg to differ. there are some things that no amount of time or no degree of remorse will ever heal. the choices i made in my life is just an example of a heart and life that will never be free of the sorrow that engulfs me on a daily basis. >> gail has an excellent reputation. >> reporter: gail ray, commissioner of the tennessee department of corrections, took us inside the prison walls. what is her living situation like? >> she goes to bible study classes. she's the unit clerk so she has a job. over the years i think she's
sort of assumed the role of being an advisor to some of the younger inmates. advising them to go on the straight and narrow, you know, don't follow me. don't do what i did. >> reporter: it sounds like you're saying gail owens in many ways is a model prisoner? other inmates look up to her. what is achieved by executing her at this point? >> (nervous laughter) that's a good question. i think our job is to carry out the laws of the state of tennessee. ♪ i sing because i'm happy >> reporter: the case has stirred up a grass roots movement at the donaldson first baptist church outside nashville members pray for owens. >> lord, she is our sister. lord, we cannot do anything other than to cry out. >> reporter: asking that the governor spare her life.
>> the death penalty has got to go. >> reporter: meanwhile america continues to struggle over the state. gail owens, ronnie lee gardner and the more than 3200 other inmates waiting for death. >> the victims always is a better person to side with. but there are principles. there are fairness issues. americans have a basic sense of fairness. they know the death penalty is contradicting that. >> reporter: new york law school professor robert blecker agrees... to a point. >> it doesn't work well enough, no. there are many deep flaws in it in both directions. many people are being condemned to die who do not deserve to die. people are not being condemned to die who do deserve to die. >> reporter: it sounds like you're a picture of a death penalty that doesn't work. >> i'm painting picture of a work in progress.
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for that was the day mr. thompson opened his gravity pleasure switch back railway at coney island in brooklyn. standing just 45 feet tall with no sharp drops, thompson's roler coasting structure was pretty tame stuff. but it launched a building boom of bigger and faster rides that peeked at 1500 coasters nationwide during the roaring '20s. but the roller coaster business proved to be, well, a roller coaster sort of business. the great depression triggered a precipitous plunge that saw hundreds of coasters close and destroyd. >> this part of the coaster is is the only part that is motor driven. after this, it runs on gravity and momentum. >> okay. here we go.
>> osgood: not until decades later did america see the start of a roller coaster revival. fueled by new technology, faster designs, and possibly by a might of nostalgia. >> i swear i was brought up underneath a roller coaster in the coney island section of brooklyn. >> reporter: in his 1977 hit film woody allen showed his fictional boyhood self growing up in a building that really did stand for years under the new thunder bolt roller coaster at coney island. though the thunder bolt was long gone, taller, faster, sleeker roaster coasters have risen in popularity. >> oh, my god! >> reporter: in fact, the latest census of the roller coaster database shows thrill- seeking americans this summer have their pick of more than 600 coasters. from coast to coast.
they are quite danger ougs as well. >> reporter: where many of us see something that is ugly, even repulsive.... >> this one is from south africa. >> reporter:... christopher marley sees butte eye and the raw... sees beauty and the raw material for art. >> this is an interesting species from japan that is variable. they'll go anywhere from a deep cobolt blue to the fuchsia color. >> reporter: he circles the world for beetles and butterflies. >> any time where you can get bun genus of a butterfly that has really has wonderful diversity it's just magic. >> reporter: he pays collectors living deep in tropical rain forests for sending him creatures colorful and strange. >> these are all we've ills. they come in almost every color of the rainbow. kind of a strange looking little guy. >> reporter: and then in his studio in salem, oregon, he carefully turns them into framed works of art. >> i want to kind juxtapose
order and cleanliness and composition with the radical diversity of insects and their colors and their shapes and their patterns. >> reporter: marley's framed bugs sell for hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars. >> they are real bugs. the colors are unenhanced. we don't mess with the colors at all. >> reporter: he does preserve the bugs to make sure they'll last pretty much forever. >> you spread it, pin it, dry it. in the position it's to remain in. it has to be sealed which is good for the rest of eternity. it will never fall apar. if anything ever does we'll replace it. >> reporter: in their sealed frames they become bugs guaranteed not to bug you. >> the problem with insects is they're always popping out where you don't expect them. they're always surprising you and being in places where you don't want them. i was phobic of insects growing up. i mean the first half of my life i could not stay far enough away from bugs. >> reporter: working as a fashion model for a dozen years, marley traveled to a lot of exotic locations and
came across a lot of exotic insects. much to his distress. did you ever think about, what is it about bugs that bothered you? was it that sound of them skitering? >> you know, to me, i think it's the legs. it's the legs that propel them. the legs that get stuck on you. you know, the experiences i've had with bugs i mean you can't get them off you once they're on you. >> reporter: but gradually he developed an appreciation. >> i started noticing them as a design element, and i just fell in love with them. it became a real passion to display them in a way that is structural and architectural and clean and ant septic so it's approachable for people like me who was horrified of insects. >> what i want to do with this guy is stuck everything. >> reporter: now perhaps it's the insects that should fear him. he may admire them but you're killing a lot of bug tooz. >> we are. absolutely. >> reporter: however, by
paying local collectors, marley says he's helping to protect fragile tropical eco- systems. >> the only way you can damage or really adversely an insect population is by destroying its habitat or host plant. we call a very few specimens and that gives an economic incentive to people to preserve their habitats. they're making a living off the standing rain forest instead of having to develop it to make a living. >> reporter: for some of what you makes the bugs don't have to die. he sells reproductions of his kurri... of his creations. the images adorn products like calendars and mouse pads. a thick coffee table book mixes photographs of his work with a dose of science. >> these are all leaf mimics. this is a giant caddy did. >> reporter: the world is rich with all kinds of things that inspire him. >> we're incorporating exotic krystals, formations and fossils, and a rough gem stone so i want to kind of have my
fingers in the entire natural world. if it's exotic and beautiful and strange and new, then it's fair game. >> reporter: it's also fair game to be proud of his creations. but christopher marley would argue the real beauty comes from another creator. >> i've kind of had this vision for a long time of what would god's living room look like some i imagine he would have these framed pieces of all those prototypes. everything immaculately portrayed and clean and beautiful. that's what i'm trying to create. something that would look good in god's own living room. ♪ give you all i've got ♪ that's how we live up on the ridge ♪ >> osgood: ahead, the unlikely sounding tale of country music's dierks bentley. >> announcer: right behind the back. >> osgood: but first basketball rivals turned best
friendship as jim axelrod will now show us. >> reporter: it doesn't happen often in the world of sports. two great champions face off in their primes and push each other to levels they would have never reached on their own. muhammad ali and joe frazier are the gold standard. but they didn't end up best friends. which makes the rivalry born 30 years ago when magic johnson played larry bird for the college basketball championship a rivalry like no other. >> announcer: johnson fouled by bird. >> he was smiling all the time. my goal my whole career was to try to knock out his two front teeth. he wouldn't be smiling so much. >> when i saw larry, i wasn't smiling. now normally i have a nice big smile but larry bird took that smile right away. >> announcer: here's larry bird.
>> reporter: the hall of fame career playing for the boston celtics, larry bird was a one- man highlight show. dazzling, no-look passes. last-second buzzer beaters. no one was better when the game was on the line. >> he was cocky and confident. he looked at you and would tell you, you can't stop me. i'm going to get about 40 tonight. then he would go out there and get 40. >> announcer: five seconds to go. magic with a hook shot scores with two. >> reporter: magic johnson ran the fast-breaking show-time offense of the los angeles lakers. he won five nba championships with sleight of hand and a joyful exuberance. >> i always thought he was a step ahead of everyone else. his intelligence was above and beyond anyone else i played against. >> reporter: they both grew up poor. johnson in lansing, michigan; bird, the pride of french lick, indiana.
as a teenager, bird wore out this back board nailed to the garage of his childhood home. he practiced endlessly, heeding a warning from his high school coach. >> when i was getting late and he came by and told me and said no matter what you do out here, there's always somebody doing a little bit more. >> reporter: did you believe him? >> i believed him. he was right. it was magic. >> reporter: bird and johnson first met on a college all star team in 1978. >> he looks like a guy who just got off a dump truck. i mean, larry bird does not look like a basketball player. when he got to that court and we started scrimmaging, man, did he come alive. >> you know, i can remember going home after and telling my older brother that i've just seen the best basketball player i've ever seen. he goes on, oh, yeah, yeah, whatever. once he sees magic play, he came become and said, you're right. he is better than you.
that motivated me to try to get better and better and better. >> announcer: beautiful. the steal by johnson. >> reporter: for the next 15 years, they were obsessed with each other. >> the ultimate respect that larry bird got especially in the black community, the african-american community was like, i don't care if you're white or not, that guy can sure play basketball. you know, you're siting in the barber shop. people are talking about larry bird, larry bird, larry bir. i'm sitting there like hurry up and cut my hair h hair. i have to get to the gym. it would drive me crazy. >> reporter: that's the way it stayed until 1985 when converse, the sneaker company, paid big bucks to get both men to film a commercial at larry bird's home outside french lick. >> okay, magic, show me what you've got. >> reporter: typically they exchanged few words during the morning shoot. then they broke for lunch. >> i'm thinking i'm going to my trailer and eat.
he said, no, man, you're eating with me. my mom prepared lunch for us up in the house. >> we talked quite a bit that day. it wasn't about basketball. it was about, you know, how he grew up. about his family. we talked about everything from us growing up poor and how we grew up. it was just on and on and on. the rest of the commercial they couldn't get us to stop talking. >> reporter: the ice may have started to melt during magic johnson's trip here to this court at larry bird's home. to film the commercial. but there was no way these two men were going to be able to go any deeper with their friendship, at least not then. not while they were both still playing. >> l.a. comes to boston and wins the world title. >> reporter: they played against each other for seven more seasons until one day in 1991, their days as rivals came to a stunning end. >> because of the h.i.v. virus that i have attained, i will
have to retire from the lakers. >> when i announced h.i.v., the first call i got was larry bird. the first call. you know, he's crying. you know, checking on me. after all we had been through, you know, all the battles and all the wars. here he's taking the time to just say, man, i love you. i care about you. i hope everything is all right. what can i do to help you? >> reporter: you hung up the phone and.... >> couldn't sleep. at that time i thought it was a death sentence. >> reporter: the games were over. and something real and lasting was emerging in their place. >> announcer: and now the united states of america.
>> reporter: the next summer johnson came out of retirement to join bird on the dream team that won a gold medal at the 1992 olympics. there they discovered the same passion that had driven them apart now found them tightly together. >> the one thing that i know is if i ever had problems with my son or with my marriage, anything, if i call him, he will be there. and vice versa. >> in life, you don't get so many people that you know would be there in the middle of the night. >> one in my case. i've got a lot of good friends but one. it's him. >> wow. he's going to make me start crying in a second here. he shouldn't have said that. oh, boy. we'll always be there for each other.
forget the color of the skin. we're just alike. we're just alike. >> reporter: only now are they comfortable telling the story of their 30 years together. the story of how competitive fires needed to be tamped down before they could basque in the warmth of real friendship. >> i always said if he grew up or we grew up in the same towns and we played basketball we would have been best friends. >> we may not talk for two or three months but, boy, we get on that phone, you thought we were talking every day. that's what makes it beautiful. we don't have to talk every day. but he knows i got him. i know he got me. >> osgood: next, some stars are born. okay, one more time. where do we stand? less travel? more video conferences? limit the cell phone minutes. that's not good enough.
we're not leaving this room unless we can cut something else. can they really keep us here? what about all this stuff? what stuff? all this stuff. what does it cost to create all this? time, effort, people. how much? it could be millions. ♪ millions. [ male announcer ] save money. trust your business processes to xerox. xerox. ready for real business. trust your business processes to xerox. the gulf spill is a tragedy that never should have happened. i'm tony hayward. bp has taken full responsibility for cleaning up the spill in the gulf. we've helped organize the largest environmental response in this country's history. more than 2 million feet of boom, 30 planes, and over 1,300 boats are working to protect the shoreline. where oil reaches the shore, thousands of people are ready to clean it up. we will honor all legitimate claims, and our clean-up efforts will not come at any cost to taxpayers. to those affected and your families,
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tomorrow is flag day. just in time for is celebration the-line magazine slate.com asked a math person to develop a computer program that could redesign the flag to accommodate up to as many as 100 stars. 50 stars has old glory. by now that's rather an old story. once the program has begun, we see our way to 51, 52, 53, and more and more we start to see on ward and upward things look fine until we get to 69. no logical pattern itself presents. suggestions are welcome. at 70 stars we're back on track. pleasing patterns there's no lack. each added star enhances heaven until we get to 87. no pattern there, said to relate. so on we go to 88.
♪ i like the way you sing ♪ and when you dance with me ♪ you always make me smile ♪ don't know why i love you [ male announcer ] we believe you're at your best when you can truly be yourself. [ cheering ] and at holiday inn, you always can. holiday inn. stay you. ♪ can you tell me where we're headed lincoln county road or armageddon? >> osgood: that's the distinctive voice of dierks bentley, a voice being heard more and more these days all over the world of country music. with kelly cobiella, we travel the country mile. >> oh, my god. it's dierks bentley. >> reporter: with a name like dierks bentley, was there ever
any doubt what this man would do for a living. >> oh, my god. you've made my life. >> i've heard about it. i'm happy with the career that i'm getting. >> reporter: the career he's in is country music. and 34 dierks bentley is a rising star. ♪ how about doing things you did, what you've done to me? ♪ ♪ i can't lie ♪ i sometimes cry when i think of how it used to be ♪ > in less than a decade he's had seven number one singles on the country charts. selling millions of records and earning a reputation as a man who hits the stage, well, like a rock star. ♪ i was thinking about... ♪ i know what i was feeling
♪ i know what i was feeling ♪ what was i thinking? >> it's music but it's also like a sporting event for me. it's like just trying to get a win, get that feeling. >> reporter: where do you think your music falls in the world of country music? does it fit somewhere? >> rowdy and fun and up tempo. you know, reflects the kind of guy that i am. i'm that kind of guy. i'm definitely a regular dude, kind of dude. ♪ the lord made me hard to handle ♪ >> reporter: and like lots of regular dudes, he grew up out west in phoenix. >> typical sub urban home. great family. there's always music playing in the house. my dad loved country music. that's what we listened to in the car. well, if dad likes it, this is pretty cool. later i thought it was terrible because my dad liked
it. >> reporter: dierks flirted with rock. his first concert was bon jovi. he went through a billy idol phase. >> i kept exploring. i knew i loved music. i was always trying to find what it that did it for me. >> reporter: one night in high school he heard country legend hank williams jr. ♪ country folks... >> right away i knew i wanted to play country music, yeah. >> reporter: and play it in one place. >> i was like i've got to go. i've gt to get to nashville. one way or the other i've got to get down there. >> reporter: he enrolled at vanderbilt university and began exploring the capital of country music, but the dude from arizona found he didn't fit in. >> everyone is wearing a cow boy hat. everyone has got on super star shirt. right away i was like that's not going to work for me. i can't be what i'm not. it's just not really cool to me. i'm not really digging that. >> reporter: what did work for
him was the simplicity of the blue grass music he found at the station inn. >> i started coming here about 19 years old gis. he didn't know that. i had a good fake i.d.. >> reporter: did he take him under your wings. >> they all did. >> beyond the fake i.d.? >> $5 and a fake i.d.. >> bad boy. >> that's all you needed. >> reporter: to this day he still likes to drop in on a set. ♪ tonight i'm sad. my heart is weary ♪ ♪ wondering if i'm wrong or right ♪ >> it wasn't about the clothes or the hair. it wasn't about the smoke or the lights or the effects of the amplifier. it was just about playing music and having a good time with my buddies. >> reporter: by day he got a different education. working in the video library of the nashville network, then a cable channel. looking at the greats and dreaming big. >> no changes can be taken on the wabash.... >> if you have a plan b, your
plan b will become a plan a. i didn't. all along it was about just playing music ♪ i was... > his plan-a happened sooner than he ever imagined. dierks landed a recording contract. his first single, what was i thinking, made it to number one on the country charts. ♪ but what was i thinking? >> reporter: soon he was making hits. more mainstream than blue grass. and traveling the road to stardom. >> all i ever really wanted was to be on the stage playing music. really just to be on a bus. >> reporter: he certainly found the right profession for that. >> this is my bunk. it's a total disaster. i was going to clean it up for you guys but i thought i'd keep it the way it is. the first couple years we play over 00 shows a year. we're out here all the time. our bus driver was saying the first year is like 318 days. the next year was like 310 or something. >> reporter: sounds exhausting. >> but it's nun.
... but it's fun. i mean, if you didn't love doing it, the road would be a nightmare if you didn't love playing music. ♪ given a prize, the bartenders he'll understand ♪ >> reporter: that's no problem for dierks. you'll find him strumming before, during and after the show. ♪ i think of... >> i just want to play. i love singing. i like the sound of my own voice. i'm not add frayed to add it. i love the way it sounds mixed in with the guys that i love to jam with. >> you either get in trouble or you get an autograph. >> i just want to get your autograph. >> reporter: and his fans aren't afraid to show him some love. especially the ladies. >> this is a little awkward. i don't even know your name. >> reporter: you're sort of a flirt out there. >> i am? >> reporter: you're a huge flirt out there. aren't you? >> i wouldn't call that flirting. i would call that trying to connect with the audience.
>> reporter: his deepest connection though is back in nashville with his wife cassidy and their daughter. dierks has known his wife since middle school but they only got serious a few years ago. >> it's amazing story our relationship and how it started. different times we tried to date it didn't work out. we're just now, you know, what we have is a great marriage and a great love. ♪ baby, come down here, lay by my side ♪ and tell me... draw me back to you. >> reporter: it's that foundation that has echoed in his latest album "up on the ridge." out last week. a return to the fiddles and mandolins of the blue grass music he loves. >> for me personally this album is more of just me going back to, you know, my roots in nashville. reclaiming some of that ground that i feel like is mine.
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>> osgood: today marks the end of the line for the once wildly popular comic strip featuring little orphan annie. richard schlesinger has her story. ♪ come out tomorrow ♪ you have to hang on... >> reporter: a little orphan and her dog getting into scrapes, suffering setbacks but always triumphing. saltyiest phrase little orphan annie ever uttered was
"leapin' lizards." but the themes are so universal she's made it to the movies. >> leapin' lizards, there is someone filling this bunk. >> reporter: and on radio. ♪ i'm poor as a mouse > even on broadway. in the first strip on august 5, 1924, annie is is still in the orphanage, but soon she was adopted by the warbucks family in a large part of the nation. ♪ it's little orphan annie. >> reporter: little orphan annie was part soap opera, part soap box. conserveist cartoonist harold gray used his characters in thinly veiled attacks on f.d.r., big government, and labor unions. >> in some ways little orphan annie was the original tea party activist. the government was bad. you really have to work hard
by yourself. >> reporter: while he was still a broadcaster, the late north carolina senator jesse helms wrote an editorial praising annie, who he said never succumbed to the philosophy of turning to the government for security. did you have to be political? did you have to be right wing to like little orphan annie? >> no, no, no there were all sorts of people who were reading annie. it was one of the most popular comic strips of the time. >> i'll bet you didn't know that little orphan annie was originally little orphan otto, a boy or so story goes. legend has it the sex change came after the publisher of the newspaper syndicate thought "he" looked more like a she. so harold gray drew a dress on his character and the rest is history. and those empty eyes became a trademark of sorts. on the few occasions cartoonist gray gave annie pupils, fans didn't like it. >> he liked his characters to
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osgood. >> osgood: angela lansbury was truly at home in her cbs mystery series murder she wrote. right now she's back home on broadway where she's up for best featured actress in a musical in tonight's tony awards ceremony here on cbs. it's no mystery why she's been so popular for so long. katie couric has our sunday profile. ♪ >> they are all insane. i am deeply suspicious. it is a catastrophe. >> couric: don't let the wheelchair fool you. angela lansbury is as fit and feisty as ever. >> don't squeeze your bosoms up against the chair, dear. it will stunt their growth. >> couric: and she's in a familiar place. starring on broadway in the revival of the classic "a little night music." do you ever feel like, gee, i've had an amazing career. i've worked my tail off.
i'm ready to relax a little? >> the bottom line is i really don't know how to rerelax to the degree that i could just stop. so when something comes along and it's presented to me and i think, gee, i could have some fun doing that or i think i can bring something to that, i'll do it. ♪ ordinary doctors ameliorate their lot ♪ >> couric: doing it means a possible sixth tony award for best actress and for this 84-year-old class act, eight shows a week. >> i mean, there are times when you walk in that dressing room and you think... i can't do this. i cannot do this. it's a curious thing when you sit down in front of that mirror and you pick up that first piece of make-up and you start to apply it, i immediately go under the eye. immediately. the first thing. and suddenly you transform yourself into that person who is capable of going on stage and delivering that
performance, you know. >> to life! >> couric: for a little night music, she transforms herself nightly into the elegant swedish mate remark, madam armfeld. >> the only other reality: gas. >> couric: a self-aggrandizing grand dame. >> here was a woman who in her youth had been great and had bedded the kings of europe. and reared this daughter. played acatherine zeta jones. >> i was wondering if you would invite some people here next weekend. >> well, if they're actors they'll have to sleep in the stable. >> couric: if only she were a little more attractive. >> i know. it's really a shame. we are naughty, aren't we? ♪ open a new window ♪ open a new door >> couric: while industry doors have slammed shut for most actresses her age, angela
lansbury is still traveling along the only highway she's ever known. the daughter of an irish actress, her father died when she was nine. her english grandfather, controversial and charismatic, was a major influence. he apparently is is better known in england than you. >> absolutely true. he was the leader of the labor party. he was a great pacifist. he certainly was a champion of women. >> reporter: her mother sent her to drama school. first in london and then in new york. and ultimately hollywood. her first role was the flirtatious koch knee maid in the 1944 mgm thriller gas lights. she was only 17. >> you know, you're not at all the kind of girl that i should have for a house maid. >> no, sir, she's not the only one in the house, is she?
>> couric: the director appalled that a woman your age could pull off playing such a convincing se duct res. >> isn't that curious because you would think i had been around the block, as they say. i hadn't. i really hadn't. >> couric: i'm happy to hear that. >> (laughing). >> couric: but being cast in roles beyond her years would the story of her life. despite back-to-back oscar nominations for gas light and the picture of dorian gray, she spent her '20s and '30s hopelessly typecast. >> i am valerie's mother. i know she's there. >> reporter: as everyone's mother. >> we were just talking about your party, son. >> what party. >> reporter: even though she was only nine years older than elvis when they made blue hawaii and only three years older when she played a
manipulative mother in the cult classic the manchurian candidate. >> i told them to build me an assassin. i wanted a killer from a world filled with killers and they chose you. >> reporter: frustrated with hollywood she set her sights on the stage. ♪ starting here, starting now ♪ >> smith: when she hit a trifecta of tonys for maine, dear world and gypsy, everything really was coming up roses. do you see broadway as an oasis away from the limbs that were imposed on you in hollywood? >> no question about it. i felt liberated the minute i came to broadway. ♪ what's your rush. what's your hurry? >> couric: the roles kept coming and a love affair with stevenson hymn emerged.
lance bury calls the meat pie maker her favorite role of all. but the one she's perhaps most identified with is that mystery writing amateur sleuth jessica fletcher. >> a button actually did trip up a killer. all i needed was a body, you know, a crime, and i was off and running. >> couric: murder she wrote kept on running and running and running for 12 seasons here on cbs, making it the longest-running detective drama series in history. and making her one of pop culture's few older female role models. you have said when women get older, they become invisible. they lose their place in society. did you feel that at any point? and how were you able to fight that?
>> by working and doing what i do. and i really only come to life, i think when i'm working. my whole modus operandi has been work and family. really those two. >> couric: a notorious home body, she said she often had to be convinced to leave her life of domestic tranquility by her husband former actor peter shaw who was also her manager. when he died of heart failure in 2003, lance bury lost both her business and life partner of 53 years. >> it was a period of huge adjustment for me. to work without him. and not to have that back-up and have that person that you can go home and talk about it to. you know. not having that is the worst part of losing a mate. it really is. >> couric: work has been her saving grace as has the time she spent as a spokesperson for the als association. >> better known as lou gehrig's disease. know this.
it attacks your body. >> couric: a neurological disease that claims the life of her sister. >> makes you feel good to do something that sort of touches so many people. >> well, it does. it's a way for me to pay back >> couric: all the gifts you've been given? >> yes. we don't know how lucky we are until we lose our health and so many people have not... are not prepared for that. >> reporter: one thing lance bury is not prepared for is retirement. she still views her film career as a piece of unfinished business. >> i'd really like to do one great movie. before i pass along the way. ♪ what happened to them. >> couric: should any casting
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>> osgood: playing golf well is hard enough for anybody. harder still are the members of a special club who will be teeing off for the 33rd time later today on behalf of a very good cause. bill geist watched them play last year. >> reporter: hello, everybody. welcome to mount kisco new york in the 32nd annual masters of blind golf. blind golf? really? these golfers are completely blind. an and astonishingly good.
jim baker from nashville just hit his tee shot about 200 yards down the middle of the fairway. incredible. amazing. brad eaton from hare witch, massachusetts, is cutting on the 7th hole par. a bit miffed frankly that he didn't have a birdie. >> what a beautiful par. nice going. >> reporter: sheila once hit a hole in one. >> nice shot. >> reporter: how? how in the world do they do it? >> i'm going to take the flag out. >> reporter: each player has a coach. charles coaches pat. >> the coach in my opinion is
about 65% of the team. he makes the correction with the club. he gets you in the right position. basically all we do is swing. >> on your line. >> reporter: when you miss a shot, do you blame charles? >> why, of course. no doubt. >> reporter: pat brown of new orleans is a legend. having won this tournament 18 times. you're sort of the arnold palmer, jack nickulas of blind golf, aren't you? >> i wouldn't say that. >> in blind golf you don't change the rules of the game. you simply make a couple of simple accommodations. >> reporter: this man from green valley, arizona. >> oh, that's it.
>> reporter: we're not putting any money on this one. dick's wife sharon is his coach. >> i'll line up his club and get him all set. and then i'll back away and the rest is up to him. >> reporter: oh, my goodness. don't these guys ever hit bad shots? >> came up on it. >> reporter: you betcha. what golfer doesn't. but the great ones recover. but regular golfers make all kinds of horrible excuses. i do. my foot hurts. you can't even use blindness as an excuse to get a break? >> oh, i try but it doesn't work. >> reporter: what kinds of comments do they make to you when you have a bad shot? >> well, you know, not only was that ugly but it's a good thing you couldn't see it. >> reporter: this tournament benefits guiding eyes for the blind, an organization that has trained and placed more than 7,000 guide dogs.
like dick's taug dog tonya. does tonya like golf? >> i think she puts up with it. not a day goes by that i don't realize how lucky i am. >> reporter: she's a sweetheart. >> oh, yes, ray. >> reporter: these golfers can't see the emerald trees and fairways. but they can smell the freshly mown grass, feel the cool breeze and warm sunshine, and hear birds singing and that sweet sound of the ball dropping into the cup. >> yeah! >> you're going to put these on. >> reporter: you're kidding. to get a sense of what golf was like in total darkness, they had me put on a blindfold. oh, my god. it's so dark.
he had all the fun of a game of pin the tail on the donkey until in frustration i regained my sight by simply taking off the blindfold. something they can't do. that's not easy. but these golfers want nothing of said sentimentality. >> turned on you again. >> reporter: with their strength of character, their spir, their optimism and with a little help from their friends, they've moved on. [ male announcer ] redesigned power e-trade pro.
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