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Fishel: A young Charles Kuralt and a look into the future

Posted July 15

Any early childhood memory from Lancaster, Pa., is of seeing a solar eclipse that put my part of Pennsylvania under 93 percent totality.

It was March 7, 1970. The solar eclipse skimmed up through the southeast.

Path of total solar eclipse on March 7, 1970

While the path of totality went across eastern North Carolina, it was a cloudy day, which interfered with the viewing.

One reporter in the path of totality said that the return of light upon the conclusion of totality was very rapid, unlike the long period of gradually increasing light prior to sunrise.

CBS News aired a special report, "Earth in the Shadow of the Moon," anchored by a quite young Charles Kuralt with a guest from the Hayden Planetarium at New York's American Museum of Natural History.

At about the 3-minute mark of the video, Kuralt and his guest, Dr. Kenneth L. Franklin, discuss the next chance the southeastern U.S. has to see an eclipse.

"The next eclipse that will pass across this nation will come in somewhere, say, northern California and go out along in the Carolinas in the year 2017," Franklin says.

"That's a pretty long time to wait," Kuralt replies.

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