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After years of study and
hundreds of hours of preparation,
North Carolina not only passed
the test of putting on a U.S.
Olympic Festival but scored
higher than even local organizers
"The pleasant surprise is that
weVe exceeded expectations with
ticket sales," said Hill Carrow, the
president and executive director of
N.C. Amateur Sports.
"It exceeded our expectations
with attendance," he said. "We had
to adjust to handling the vast
crowds that have gone beyond
what we expected. That's a good
problem to have.
"It kind of meets one of our key
goals to put North Carolina on
the map," Carrow said. "It shows
we're right up there with the
Houstons and Los Angeles and
Indianapolises of the world."
Last week, officials announced
a record $2.6 million for Festival
ticket sales, surpassing $2.4 mil
At the Daily Tar
Charles Kuralt talks with DTH
lion sold in Houston last year. The
local organizing committee had set
a goal of $ 1 .5 million.
On Sunday, officials announced
that Festival ticket sales were just
below $3 million entering Sun
day's final events and closing
Carrow attributed part of the
success to walk-up ticket business
by people who apparently didn't
become enthusiastic about the
event until it got here.
"You always worry when you
have a lot of presales," Carrow
said. "You don't want to tap out
the people who would be walk
Another factor that boosted
ticket sales was the promotion of
the Festival as a statewide event
with five host cities, said Ken
Smith, Festival communications
"We feel that making it into a
North Carolina Festival instead of
See FESTIVAL page 12
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staffers in the editor's office
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Heel with Charles Kuaralt
By SALLY PEARSALL
and RON CRAWFORD
It was business as usual at the
DTH offices last week, until a
celebrity appeared in our midst.
"Hello, I'm Charles Kuralt," he
said, and he certainly was. "Do
you mind if I look around?"
He said he was trying to find
a place to film a segment for a
possible television series, "Try to
Remember," which would focus
on certain significant weeks in
history. For this particular epi
sode, Kuralt had chosen the week
of May 17, 1954 the week of
the U.S. Supreme Court's land
mark desegregation ruling.
And he'd decided to begin the
episode with a personal journey
back to May of 1954, when he was
a 19-year-old undergraduate at the
University and the newly-elected
Daily Tar Heel editor.
Soon his camera crew was
setting up in the editor's office,
while the rest of us lined up to
Kuralt, a Wilmington native, is
one of the University's favorite
sons. His "On the Road With
Charies Kuralt" series for CBS has
endured since 1967; he specializes
in what Time magazine called
"authentic, uplifting Americana."
He also anchors the "Sunday
Morning" program on CBS.
Kuralt enjoys the unique free
dom his job allows. "CBS just lets
me wander," he said. However, he
said, he always has to be back in
New York on Sundays to do the
live broadcast of "Sunday
As an undergraduate at UNC,
he was a member of the Golden
Fleece, Old Well and Grail honor
ary societies. But he spent most
of his time working in the Daily
Tar Heel offices, which were
located on the second floor of the
Graham Memorial building.
Kuralt majored in history, but
said his studies came second to his
work at the student newspaper.
"I started dropping courses to
keep up with the work on the Tar
Heel," he said. "I kept dropping
courses until I finally had dropped
them all so I was editor of the
Tar Heel, but I wasn't a student."
The paper was published six
days a week, he said, and was
printed on a flatbed press in
Carrboro. Every photograph had
to be taken to Greensboro to be
engraved before it could be
printed. 6,000 copies rolled off the
presses each day to serve the Tar
Heel student body.
"The staff wasn't very large," he
remembered. "There were only
about six or seven people putting
out the paper."
And most of those faithful few
went on to have successful careers
Tar HeelSteve Matteson
100-kilogram class. For more Olympic
Festival photos, see pages 6-7.
in journalism. Rolfe Neill, the 1954
managing editor, is now the
publisher of the Charlotte
Observer. One 1954 associate
editor, Ed Yoder, is now a syn
dicated columnist for the
Washington Post; the other, Louis
Kraar, is an editor of Fortune
Kuralt said he vividly remem
bered the afternoon of the dese
gregation ruling. The story came
over the Associated Press wire just
as he was planning the next day's
"I remember thinking, 'now I
don't have to worry about what
to put on the front page,' " he said.
The Daily Tar Heel editorial
staff applauded the landmark
decision in the next day's editorial.
See KURALT page 10
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