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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, and happy mother's day. i am charles osgood and this is sunday morning. with have we have many mothers about, many stories about motherhood to tell you including the story of a storybook mom, she devoted her life to the gift her son left behind, a which has been a gift to many mothers
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since. as tracy smith will be telling us. >> david never dreamed his book would become a kid's classic, much less a best seller but his mom had a plan. >> she was like a benevolent terminator. >> she will not be stopped. >> and she gets what she wants. >> she gets what she wants. >> i know sometimes it drives the rest of my family. >> you are a little driven? >> i am a little driven. >> the power of a mother's promise, ahead on sunday morning. >> osgood: a mother and son team has the inside track on one of the country's most famous speedways, michelle miller this morning we will catch all the action. >> lisa france kennedy is the woman behind the daytona speedway. kennedy's grandfather founded nascar on daytona beach. >> more recently, her son decided to become a driver. >> for him to win -- >> you couldn't write a better
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script. >> when the ceo is also mom:ahead on sunday morning. >> osgood: actors actor bo derek is playing a mom on tv these days, very different from how many movie goers first saw her. as ben tracy will remind us. >> there is a whole generation of men who who had a poster of you in their room. >> i don't like to think about that poster in the bedroom. >> i just choose not to. >> in 1979, bo derek gave new meaning to the number ten, so what is life like for a sex symbol who is almost 60? >> we hit the beach with bo derek ahead on sunday morning. and she is still a ten. >> >> osgood: mother knows best was never the name of a classic tv show as conor knighton will telling us, it could have been. >> there is a time when
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television shows like leave it to beaver gave us a pretty idealized version of mom. >> not anymore. >> have you been drink something. >> no. >> neighbor a little. >> i think tv has now finally caught up to maybe more realistic -- >> i think so too. >> women must have been felt really bad they were not june cleaver. >> they must have felt terrible. >> sunday morning, moms on tv. >> osgood: martha teichner retraces abraham lincoln's final journey. >> nancy giles introduces us to the singing duo madison ward and the momma bear. >> elizabeth palmer examines the world's, and first the headlines for this sunday morning the tenth of may 2015. tornadoes have touched down in north texas, one person was killed yesterday when a twister tore a five-mile path of destruction through farmland near the town of sisco. >> storms also brought heavy
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rain and hail to the parts of oklahoma. and wyoming, it looks like winter. and today an early tropical storm is expected to cause flooding and rip tides off the carolinas. >> president raul castro was with pope francis at the vatican, he thanked the pope for helping to a historic thaw in u.s. cuba relations. >> across europe seermts are underway marking the 70th anniversary of ve day, victory in europe. in britain queen his beth's celebration church bells told the country in london last night, a special victory light illuminated the houses of parliament. >> now for today's weather, you will need an umbrella to keep mom dry in much of the country, severe weather continues to soak the south and midwest and tropical storm ana moves up the east coast. >> for the week ahead, lighter
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>> osgood: even as we salute all of our mothers this morning we can't ignore a striking fact there is a birth derth in parts of the world, a drop in the number of 2 born. palmer traveled to the italian island of sardinia for our sunday morning cover story. >> >> the feast day of the saint is a remembrance of the miracle in the 17th century when he banished the plague from sardinia. >> it is also a glimpse of the past when each village designed by its customs and costumes was dominated by huge tightly it in families generation after generation. >> families that were exuberant
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extended and these days all but extinct. >> here is the new reality. in an empty delivery room at the villa clinic, the midwife julia tezzio tells me the number of babies she has delivered annually has dropped by 70 percent. >> babies like tiny ribbon here are increasingly rare in italy, in fact the official figures shows in 2014 there were fewer babies born in this country than at any time since 1861. >> you are 40 years old. >> besotted mom is sabrina. >> a social worker she had to work full time until she was 40 to afford a home and a future for her son. >> italian women now wait, she tells me until they are financially stable and then we have just one child. we would like to have more, but
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the conditions just aren't good enough. >> of course, in the old days before birth control, conditions weren't that good either. women often had to bring up lots of children with little money. >> but francesca who helped organize the parade says, modern expectations have risen. >> nowadays people, they don't want to raise their child in poverty. >> they want a house, a good standard for those children. >> that's true across most of the developed world. >> the birthrate in north america, russia and europe is already below the replacement rate of about two children per couple. and in italy, a quarter of all women have no children at all. >> that is partly the fault of a system that gives women no support says professor elizabeth addis an expert in demographics
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and social policy. >> there is a birthday party. >> more than 50 percent of the italian women work outside the home, and yet there is no affordable day-care here, no school meals and no after scoot programs. >> this process of building public services to help women and to women's traditional role didn't happen. >> so they feel trapped. >> a lot of italian women are trapped. >> they are trapped in a dependent situation in which they can only be housewives and they don't want to be housewives because they want to be free. >> elizabeth's own teenage daughter catherine is still living at home but she is heading off to college soon with plans for a career and a life that doesn't include children. >> there is also a duo of women, they have the family and job and it has always been and will always be a hardball.
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and i honestly don't want that. >> in a quiet centrally near the historic town of iglesias, luciana and adriana live in what was once a thriving mining region but the industry has all gone now along with the big families who used to make a living from it. the photos in lucia no and adriana's family trace the family of italy's birthrate. >> she points to her grandparent's family. >> my grandmother got married when she was 17, she says and i think of her ten children, seven are still alive in this picture. >> luciano was one of six, all of them are here in the summer of 1957 with their dad. >> adriana and luciano ended up
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having two kids. >> she was a teacher who wanted to keep working. >> so i had a boy and a girl, she says, and i was satisfied with that. >> as for the next generation, here it is. one little boy called stefano. >> he lives downstairs with lucia no and adriana easton law and their daughter, maria. >> will you have liked ideally to have a bigger family? >> not bigger. >> two or three and stop. >> right. >> but at age 43 with work scarce in italy's stalled economy she has accepted that stefaano will be an only child. >> part of a whole generation of young italians whose taxes when they joined the workforce will have to pay not only for their parents' retirement but probably
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their grandparents too. >> it is a crunch that threatens everyone's standard of living. reversing the trend will depend partly on a better economy and more help for working mothers and controversially also means welcoming more foreign migrants, including those smuggled into italian waters every day and who will join it tall, italy's economic conditions of higher expectations and birthrates. >> conservatives fare those changes will hurt the traditions of a great culture but the alternative is awaken italy out of step with the modern world. >> osgood: next. >> maybe that's why father -- >> osgood: joan crawford mommy dearest.
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>> osgood: and now a page from our sunday morning almanac. may 10th 1977, 38 years ago today. the occasion for a cautionary mother's day tale. >> for that was the day actress joan crawford died of a heart attack in new york city. >> born lucille he sour in san antonio, texas, she got into show business as a dancer. by the 1930s had become one of
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hollywood's top actresses. >> oh, you are a little -- >> yes, i am a little -- >> would you take some dictation for me some time. >> osgood: crawford won her only oscar in the starring role of the 1945 film noted pierce. >> playing a successful restaurateur in a public relationship with her daughter played by ann blythe. >> get out. >> get your things out of this house right now before i throw them into the street. >> osgood: but it was joan crawford's real lifewith her adopted daughter christina that was going to create lasting controversy in a book entitled mommy dearest published the year after her death christina accused her mother of years of physical and psychological abuse. that posthumous indictment became a movie in 1981 with faye dunaway in the leading role.
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>> no! no more! >> on the other side of the ledger many of joan crawford's friends and colleagues strongly defended her against christina's accusations. >> are you frightened you would turn into joan crawford? >> no. >> and in the 1988 cbs interview, christina crawford put her relationship with her mother the in a better light placing much of the abuse on the abuse her mother received when she was a girl. >> most of the time i was adult i tried to get her help, in fact in one show years and years ago she said that i had become her best friend, and indeed i was because i understood her. >> osgood: we cannot presume to know the truth about joan and christina crawford but we are pretty certain of for most mothers and their children today will be the happiest of
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days. >> next, the long good-bye. >> this portion of sunday morning is sponsored by engineering what is next in outdoor living. >>
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>> where will i be loved? >> osgood: the assassination of president abraham lincoln
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shocked this country 150 years ago this past month. coming just days after the lee surrendered to grant and the end of the civil war lincoln's death plunged the nation into new uncertainty, and prompted a very long good-bye, martha teichner sets the scene. >> a stunned sad sea of mourners lined the streets in the rain as abraham lincoln's casket was taken from the white house to the capitol on the day of the assassinated president's funeral. tens of thousands of people filed past the body lying in state, but millions would see it as abraham lincoln made what is probably the most extraordinary train journey in american history, home to springfield, illinois. >> people traveled for miles
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over rugged country just to see the train that carried the body of president lincoln. >> robert reed wrote and account of lincoln's funeral train. >> they got in that horse drawn wagons, they got on horseback. they walked. these weren't interstates, these were very primitive paths to the rail track. >> reporter: the train carried not just lincoln's body but that of his 11-year-old son willie who had died of typhoid fever in 1862. it left washington on april 21st, 1865. its route covering nearly 1,700 miles. >> it stopped in state capitals and major cities such as philadelphia, new york, cleveland, chicago, but avoided in places where confederate sympathizers might have made trouble. >> the presidential car was
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under construction at the time of the assassination. it was almost concluded. it was more or less what we considered the air force one of today. but when the assassination occurred, there was a dramatic change in the, and they tore all the inside structure out of that and made it a hearse car. >> it was draped in black. the coffin placed on an elevated platform. >> even at night, there were special lights you could actually see in and see the casket. >> reporter: imagine, the entire way not just in towns and cities, hundreds, sometimes thousands of people stood along the tracks for hours. >> there were over 400 places cities and towns and villages and even little bypasses that the train went through and it slowed down and maybe stopped. >> reporter: during each stop the casket was removed and the same spectacle repeated.
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>> this photograph shows a young theodore roosevelt staring down at the procession to city hall in new york city where more than 100,000 people viewed lincoln's remains. at each stop, white and black stood side by side, although at times uneasily. >> in new york, there was an attempt at least to keep african americans out of the procession, when they are moving the body from the venue where it is being viewed to the train station. >> howard university professor edna green medford is one of the few african-american lincoln scholars. >> in almost every procession, all the, although african americans with there and allowed to participate in these processions they were put at the back of the line. >> lincoln had ended slavery, but what unclear. >> african-american grief, i think, is shaped not just by the
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fact that the country has lost its great leader but african americans felt that they had lost their future because they really counted on lincoln to protect them, and so now that protection had been taken away. >> reporter: the train passed through knights town, indiana on sunday april 30th, day ten of its 13 day trip to springfield. as is the case in most of the towns and cities it passed through, there is no marker nothing to recall the event. which is why historians robert reed, a resident of knights town wrote his book, struggling to finish before dying of cancer last june. >> people in the town would be singing hymns and chanting prayers and that faded away into the distance, in the dark. you could then hear the next town the next village of people
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doing the very same thing. >> and funeral director were on the train full time constantly attempting to refresh the unrefrigerated corpse. >> less and less successfully. >> once lincoln was buried on may 4th, amazingly, nobody thought to deserve or display the historic hearse car. it was sold several times and eventually was destroyed by fire in 1911. >> souvenir hunters were told to take what they wanted. >> this lamp here we believe was on the car we have some documentation that says it was. >> a part -- >> these are the actual lamps there are two of them. >> for the last five years, in elgin, illinois, dave and several train enenthusiast friends have been building a replica of lincoln's hearse car they matched photographs of the outside. >> the inside was harder ..
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>> the only photograph we have was when it was in disrepair at the end of its life. >> that's how we figured out where the stateroom was. >> this is what it looked like three months ago. >> this is where the coffin would have been for the funeral. >> and this is what it looked like completed. >> this is the exact replica of his coffin the size the shape. >> in springfield, last weekend during one 50th anniversary commemorations of lincoln's final homecoming. >> we worked on the car all the way to tuesday and we came out here. >> we did. >> right to the last minute, yep. >> it was a labor of love for the two dozen or so volunteers who built it by hand. >> as you come down the hall folks, the next room is the state room where he would have slept if he had lived. >> they raised half of its $350,000 cost. >> they would like to see it in a museum but so far there has
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been no interest. >> and just like the first time around, the reenactment of that final solemn procession, the bearing of abraham lincoln's casket through the streets of springfield at last. >> to the vault where he would be laid to rest took center stage. >> >> but unlike in 1865, the builders of this replica are determined that lincoln's funeral car and its remarkable story will not be lost again. >> >> osgood: still to come -- >> hello there, beaver. >> here you are. >> moms on tv. >> daytona. >> osgood: later -- moms taking stock.
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hi dear, did you get it from the a way home from school. >> is he home left? >> no he left his room in a mess again this morning. >> he is probably playing with some of the other neighborhood monsters. >> it is sunday morning on cbs and here again is charles os
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food. >> osgood: reed played the perfect mom in the 1960's tv show bearing her name, it could have been called mother knows best. >> it is nice to find out how to find out today's tv moms compare. >> excuse me? >> mom, i have watched you lick cocaine crumbs out of a shag carpet. >> it is good to be thrifty dear. >> on the sitcom mom, house and jenny play bonnie plunkett a rehab. >> she won an emmy for the role although the character isn't exactly a role model. >> what happened? >> gee, my mother, not greatest mom, probably the anti-mom. >> bonnie can be crass and selfish. >> she struggles with her relationships and her sobriety. >> she is very human. >> she is very flawed. >> she is very unapologetic. >> and very funny. >> cooking dinner, your honor,
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while i was cooking dinner you were cooking nothing. >> otherwise known as working. >> mom is a -- and bonnie's anti-mom's status the played for laughs. >> she is no june cleaver, let's say that. >> more than 50 years after leave it to beaver went off the air she is still held up as the the iconic sitcom mom. >> hello, beaver, here you are. >> this kind of very chipper very loving never distracted most of them didn't work outside of the home, just very cheerful, apron wearing moms. >> those were the moms from the fifties. >> he is pulitzer prize winning critic for "the new york times". >> was it reflective of the times? >> no, women's lives have always been diverse and women have always worked and the woman who was able to just sort of hang out in pearls and heels, you know, waiting for are her husband to come home was a rarity in reality.
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>> but reality wasn't really the goal back then. >> mom, you look just beautiful. >> and you are just beautiful, daisy. >> this was the same era that brought us my mother the car. >> eventually, tv began to allow for more complicated family dynamics. >> the brady bump featured a blended family. >> the brady bunch, i was offered that at first because i didn't want to be the mom taking a roast out of the oven. >> instead oscar winner shirley jones was the widowed working mom in the partridge family. >> every other show had been family staying home and raising their kids, going to school coming home from school, doing their homework, and this is a whole different look of a family and i thought it was something that should be seen. >> i was not a perfect mother because i was a working mother and singing for the band ♪ ♪ i think i love you. >> every mother on television
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was the perfect mother, all the series, it was a perfect family. >> by the late seventies and early eighties tv moms were beginning to look more diverse from divorced moms, kate and ali to working mom claire huckstable. >> do you think there was a specific show or character that was a turning point in the way that moms were portrayed on tv? >> well, i mean, i think you would have to look at roseanne that was a huge deal. >> you are going to use that bag until your are 30. >> she was angry, she was not beautiful, her house was a mess. >> shut up! >> this is why dumb animals eat their young. >> but roseanne was a real revelation, because as we got to know her, there was wisdom there and there was love there, and i think a lot of americans, you know, really connected with her because that was more like their mom or their family or their house than what they had been
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seeing previously. >> for, which laid the groundwork for some of the modern moms. >> like claire in modern family. >> and frankie heche in the middle. >> moms who make mistakes and are just trying to keep it all together. >> we are a family and we are going to eat together as a family. >> and then there is marge simpson. she is the glue holding the simpson family together for 28 years. >> no, no, no, i am not going to have my son go to jail over some silly kid from australia. >> in many ways marge is a throwback to the sixties. >> she vacuums. >> of course, mad men betty draper lived in the 1960s but she certainly is not like the tv moms of the era. >> >> the cleaning bag on the floor of my closet you are going to be a very story young lady. >> she can be mean, petty,
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selfish just like some real mothers. >> probably the biggest change is that we are allowed to see more broken women on television we went through an era where we had a lot of anti-heroes, broken men, and we still felt very ambivalent about women in similar situations, because women still had to be likable. >> there is not much likable about hungry s cersai lan search. >> she is an addict who has her kids taken away from her. >> i want to see the girls. >> you can't. >> .. we don't expect women to be angry or violent or alcoholic or even though real women are often all of these things and that doesn't mean that they are irredeemable. >> people are characters. >> characters like empire's cookie lion, breaking bad reconcile her white. >> from the lesbian mom of the fosters to reluctant moniker i are on homeland the moms on screen today reflect a much wider range of experiences. sure, you might not want some of
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these moms to watch your kids. >> hi mom. >> good morning beaver. >> you can watch them deal with their own in a way that is no longer still black and black and white. >> women must have been felt really bad they were not june cleaver. >> it is like oh, my god they must have made moms feel terrible. >> i make moms feel great. >> kennedy! >> osgood: coming up, full speed ahead! >>
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>> osgood: stock car racing is the stock and trade for one mom and her son. in fact, you could say they have the inside track. michelle miller takes on a mother's day visit today to naah. >> driving the number 11 toyota from daytona beach, florida, ben kennedy! >> lisa france kennedy knows a lot of drivers at the daytona international speedway in florida. but it would be safe to say that her son ben is her favorite. >> ben's family encouraged him to do whatever he wanted no surprise, he chose racing. >> did it scare you? >> sure. any time that your child is going pret around a track
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and 12 years old, you think do they really know what they are doing? and he did. >> today, racing at daytona is all about going fast, and knowing what you are doing and for ben and his mom, the speedway is home. >> it is almost my backyard. i grew up here. my mom sent me to do different odd jobs here. >> like what? >> oh everything, everything from garbage duty to parking cars. >> you were on trash patrol? >> i was on trash patrol. >> that's what you do when your mom is ceo of the international speedway corporation which runs daytona and 12 other tracks around the country. >> lisa france kennedy is also a top official of nascar, the governing body of stock car racing, which is, by the way, headed by her brother brian france. >> how proud is he of you and you of him? >> i mean, is there any sibling
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rivalry there? >> there is stibl blink. >> hold, sibling. >> hold your brother. >> it is a family affair. >> kennedy's grandfather, bill francine your founded nascar in 1947 on daytona beach. >> he just has this amazing vision. >> he said if we can just put some organization around this, it can really be something. >> he saw that the unruly sport needed regularly scheduled races and drivers who actually got paid. >> my grandfather taught me that sometimes you have to go with your gut and sometimes you have to take on a little risk. >> which was balanced by her grandmother's thrift and bee france kept the early business from bankruptcy by keeping two sets of books. >> one she showed my grandfather basically said we were broke. >> he would come down looking for money for a new idea or a new project and she would dole it out very slowly. very slowly. >> kennedy's father bill
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france, jr. took stock car racing international and helped his dad build daytona speedway. >> this is all new? >> this is all new. >> and now she is rebuilding it. >> this place is going to be completely different. >> by january 2016 daytona speedway will have more than 100,000 new seats. >> what a view. >> yes. we have an entire view of the whole track. >> and a row of luxury track side sweets sweets. >> and you had to take into consideration the curvature of the earth? >> they did, the stretch was so long that the earth actually curves within this length. >> .. >> she is spending $400 million on the project called daytona rising, to help a track that thousands of fans lost during the recession years. >> and she hopes to change nascar's white southern male image and bring in more african-americans, hispanics and
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women to stock car racing. >> grandstands need to look like america, and i find that the way people become fans the quickest is if they they connect with a driver driver. >> take care, baby, right there. >> and when you look out at the sea of people and you take a look at all the t-shirts, you will know they are connected with their driver. >> talk about being connected to a driver, kennedy tries to see as many of her son's races as she can. >> i am sure she is -- around daytona, you are going a few hundred miles per hour. >> then again, she is no stranger to risk. >> her husband, dr. bruce kennedy, a surgeon was also a student pilot. >> 2007, it was the toughest year of our life and i lost my father the month before that, he had been sick for a long time, and a month later, unexpected my husband died in a plane
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crash, and he took off, it was a beautiful day and we were going on a trip later that day, i told him not to be late and he laughed and it didn't work out that way. it didn't work out that way. >> how did you handle putting your life back together? >> really we focused on school, and then as a mother you can't afford to take time out. >> her attention is now on ben who is a humble and because of his family a very visible competitor. >> doing a great job of racing hard in his first race. >> he made his national debut in 2013 and after 31 races he is turning heads but still searching for his first win in a top level race. >> this is the great grandson of the founder of nascar. >> for him to win -- >> you couldn't write a better script. >> you couldn't script it any
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better than that. >> that would really carry it to the next generation. >> what about his notion of management? >> he really doesn't like to talk about it. >> he doesn't? >> no. >> why? >> because he is solely focused on racing and he told me he wants to see how far he can take that. >> we ask for safety of the drivers -- >> he needs to do this for himself. >> on the friday night before february daytona kennedy kept her eyes on truck number 11. >> after 20 laps some drivers slowed down. >> >> ben's truck hit the wall then there was a huge multivehicle crash. >> just an accordion like wreck. >> oh wow. >> oh. >> oh. >> oh my gosh. >> what a mess. there are a dozen trucks torn up. >> oh man. >> not good. >> >> ben's truck was too damaged
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to finish. >> this headline can't be easy. >> well no. >> but you cannot predict the future. >> you just can't. >> your your son was involved in this crash. >> yes. and he was fine last night. but you can't prick the future and i understand that too. it's nothing nice. >> for lesa france kennedy, whenever ben finishes a race, it is mother's day. >> >> osgood: ahead, all about operation -- >> we started making it fun.
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>> osgood: they say laughter is the best medicine, and laughter is definitely the medicine of choice for a mother and daughter steve hartman want us to meet. >> when 67-year-old carla wilson found out she has terminal cancer and the treatment would only prolong her life, not save it, this divorced mother of four was understandably depressed. >> and ready to give up. >> until one day her youngest daughter robin suggested an unconventional treatment, not to cure her cancer just her attitude. >> yeah, she was very confused like why are we doing this? >> i didn't want to. i thought it was silly. her daughter's idea? a nose job. >> they wore these to chemo one day. >> and that started the ball rolling. >> we started making it fun. >> chemo? >> yes. >> you made chemofun. >> yes. >> after the nose to noses. >> every time they came here to the mckee cancer center in
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colorado she convinced her mother to wear a different costume from tie-dye dies to tutu is to bumbling workmen to bumbling bees on this day they went as alice and the mad thatter. >> they always bring little nurses for the nurses and other patients and they say this has had a profound effect on carla's attitude. >> yes, it was like a switch. >> the mood changed. >> it changed dramatically. >> what started with a costumes has now spread to all aspects of their lives, a phenomenon they have dubbed operation juice joy. >> we couldn't stop it and we couldn't contain it and it hasn't been put down since. >> of course laughter and a positive attitude can only do so much. >> the cancer will eventually take her life, but when that time comes, this alice in
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wonderland says she will look back on her mother's cancer fight through a truly unique looking glass. >> i think that is one of the reasons why we keep doing it and why i am so adamant about it, because i think that i am going to remember this as something that we enjoyed. >> cancer treatment, something they enjoyed. i guess alice can cross that off the list of impossible things. >> >> come on. >> osgood: still to come. >> that was the horse that i dream about as a little girl. >> osgood: life as a perfect ten. actress bo derek. >>
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>> >> when you think of bo derek, you probably think of this. >> that slow motion jog through the surf in the 1979 film "ten" you will be happy to know we won't ask you to run in slow motion today. >> more than 35 years later, bo derek is still at home at the beach and this summer she returns to her other love movies. >> shark! >> she is literally jumping the shark into a pop culture phenomenon. >> have some fun. >> derick is in a sci fi channel's hit tv movies sharknado 3 playing the mother of actress tera reed. >> what is it like jumping back into action? >> it wasn't really acting. >> >> that didn't hit the mark? >> okay, look over your left
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shoulder there is a shark coming. >> there are a lot of these, on the set, i love this business, i love the film business and it always has been good to me. >> when derick was a teenager her mom did make-up and hair for actress ann margaret and backstage at one of margaret's las vegas shows where derick was discovered, of course that was before she had her made for the movies moniker. >> how did you get your name. >> i was, i made it up, i was surrounded by artist and i didn't like my name. >> she was born mary kathleen collins in 1956, she grew up in long beach, the picture of a california girl. she was just 16 when she met photographer and director john derek, he was 30 years older and married to actress linda evans, that did not stop bo and john from running away together. >> were you aware at the time that a lot of people viewed it as very inappropriate? >> yeah.
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yeah. my mom went crazy. she went ballistic. >> she went crazy. >> when you are 17 you think you know everything. you think you have it together. >> why do you think that marriage worked? >> why does any marriage work? i think -- at first i think, for me, our marriage worked because i loved him. he loved me. although he was 46, he was still growing too. >> i think we took it day to day. i don't think we expected it to last either. and it did. >> it lasted 422 years. until john derek died from heart failure in 1998. >> the two never had children but he was her partner in life and business. >> oh, i am sorry, i didn't mean to -- >> after her breakout role in ten, derek decided to produce and act in films that she made with her husband, even if that
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meant never having a starring role in a blockbuster movie. >> do you think you made the right choices. >> i did. >> not in terms of being a star, not in terms of winning an award, but i had a blast. and anything i wanted to do, someone would finance. >> >> their movies were often less about dialogue and more about how little bo derek was wearing. >> i am not complaining because what i did as soon as i became famous is i objectified myself i thought well, if this is what it is, i i am going to do it. >> how did you objectify yourself. >> i created m posters, i made my own movies, i produced them and maybe i could have gone out to prove oh i am a real actress i am not a physical being, but i pretty much exploited myself too at the same time. >> holy shnikie. >> she was still pulling it off in the 1995 film tommy boy.
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>> is that for me? >> she is like a ten. >> with your, was your beauty a commodity to you or was it really your identity. >> commodity? commodity. and i have nothing to do with it. i have my mom's eyes, my father's nose, i have nothing to do with any of that. >> these days at age 58, bo derek often prefers booths to a boots to a bathing suit. >> so this is your paradise. >> yes. poor me. >> poor me. this is what i have to come home to. >> this is your view? >> oh. it is spectacular. she lives in a 110-acre ranch in california santa inez she shares it with her boyfriend of 13 years actor john corbett. >> isn't she pretty. >> she is gorgeous. >> their four horses. >> you know it, don't you. >> she is not so sure about that camera. >> derek is not just a casual rider, she was on california's horse racing board for seven
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years. and it involved wildlife conservation organizations and at this point in her life, she says there is some relief in caring a little less about her looks. >> i realized how artificial it is beauty i realized that it doesn't last forever, that is for damned sure. when you are so well-known for how you look is aging hard? >> is ayning hard? it is tough bette davis is right, it is not for sissies, it really isn't, and there is a certain expectation, i get credit on one hand for not having had a face-lift, and then on the other hand it is oh, my god why doesn't she do something? so you are just torn. i just have to keep busy, have other interests and try not to think about it. >> which is why she is still so drawn to the beach. a place to reflect on her unconventional journey through hollywood and a life that she says is still a ten.
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>> i don't need a lot. i never need the the adoration and praise. i loved the work, and still do. >> >> osgood: next -- >> annie. >> what do you think of mom -- >> she was saying she always has been nuts. >> osgood: the story for the books. >>
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salzman. >> osgood: the story our storybook mom has to tell involves a talented son and his remarkable creation, a book for children that has long outlived him. tracy smith begins at the beginning. >> if there really is such a thing as a storybook life, joe and barbara stalls man seemed to have it. >> in the early 1960s, they lived and loved and worked and played in southern california but the real magic happened when their son arrived. >> michael, and then david. >> growing up, they were just so
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darn cute, and they always got us aggravated and in the end they were just such delights. they made our lives so wonderful. >> >> life, of course, wasn't always perfect, it never is but for barbara and her boys, it was close number. dad taught journalism at usc, mom was an la times editor, and the kids did okay too. after graduating from yale michael salzman made a name for himself in the tv business, writing and producing shows like murphy brown and later, mad men. >> little david went to yale as well but instead of tv he wanted to write children's books. >> his senior project, in fact, was this, the jester has lost his jingle, 64 vividly drawn pages about a very happy court jester in a very sad kingdom.
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the story turns when the jester makes a little girl in in a hospital bed laugh out loud. >> what did you think when you first saw the jester book? >> well, i was amazed at the quality of the illustrations. i didn't think he was very gifted as an artist, i never knew that and suddenly i am looking at the book and the illustrations are incredible and then the message, i mean, he is the only person in the world who would have a sense of humor with i have a tumor and who rhymes like that? who thinks like that? >> at the time david had no idea that he soon would have a hospital bed of his own. >> how did you find out he was sick? >> he didn't get sick until his senior year. he called me on october 10th and he said i have good news for you i am going to go to the doctor and get this cough cleared up. and then he called from the doctor's office and he said the doctor is saying something about i don't know what she talking about. and that night, joe and i were on the plane to new york. >> hodgkin's lymphoma a kind of
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cancer was destroying david's lungs and the usual treatments just weren't working. he finished the jester, and in may of 1989 graduated from yale with honors but within weeks his health and his dreams faded. >> david salzman died in march 1990, just before his 23rd birthday. >> david wanted to personally share the jester has lost his jingle with children but when he -- i am sorry. i told him i would make it happen. >> you made a promise? >> i did. >> and his father joe also made him that promise, and his brother michael. we will see that the book is published as he envisioned it and that it would be given free to every child in the country with cancer.
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>> it wasn't an easy promise to keep. every year, more than 15,000 children are diagnosed with cancer, but before the salzman could even think about giving the book to kids in places like this they had to find someone really to publish it. >> we took it took it to all the publishing houses and said it was too long, it is too expensive to make and my mother felt all that was wrong. >> undaunted barbara convinced joe to use their house as collateral and the salzman published the jester themselves. >> she is like a benevolent terminator. >> she will not be stopped. >> if she doesn't get the answer she want she will keep asking until you give her the answer she wants. >> in the 20 years since barbara has taken the jester to every hospital she could find to every children's cancer ward and to every bedside. >> today, it is a best seller, with more than a quarter of a million copies in circulation. >> but you can't measure the
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book's value in numbers alone. >> it is better than medicine. >> mark kayton is a pediatric surgeon at new jersey's goryub hospital, he was also david salzman's yale classmate. >> i have seen him help a lot of people and put a smile on their face, there are times when you wouldn't predict people should be smiling. >> whenever i feel like crying i smile. >> for every life on this planet they go to bed laughing, maybe they don't make it but the time they have on earth they had a wonderful experience and this is what this is all about. >> and he, and his walked his funny walked and he danced his funny dance. >> what do you think of the mom -- >> he would say she always has been nuts. >> whatever it takes to fulfill that promise. >> basically, you know, short of hooking on hollywood boulevard. >>
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>> how long do you see yourself doing that? >> the life span in today's society. >> it is going to be the day before she drops i think she will be continuing it. >> the end. >> storybooks can be magic but few things are as powerful as a mother's love. >> >> osgood: introducing madison ward and momma bear. next. >>
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>> osgood: who bart to sing the praises of the bond between a mother and her son than a mother and her son. >> nancy giles now introducing madisen ward and the momma bear. >> >> music and family have gone together as long as there has been, well, music and family.
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♪ >> reporter: but perhaps there has never been anything quite like madisen ward and the momma bear. >> >> this mother and son musical duo is the hottest thing out of independence, missouri since president harry truman. >> >> hi nancy. >> hi. >> how are you? >> can i call you momma bear? >> you can call me whatever you want. >> so this is where the magic happens. >> , right? >> well, i guess. the moorveg starts here the music starts here at the wards
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dang room table. >> this is the practice area. >> this is where the magic happens. >> i get off work here every day and just sit right here and she sits there with a cup of coffee and we just start writing and practicing and playing music. >> >> it might seem like an odd combination, mother and son, different generations with different musical tastes. >> while they both picked up guitars and started singing at about the same age there is a 37 year gap between them. >> madisen is the youngest of momma bear's three children and the only one to follow in in her musical footsteps. >> we took a walk downtown with madisen and his mom and dad, kenneth ward, ruth's husband of 35 years. >> it was quiet.
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>> so i noticed the ben franklin over there, the five and ten. >> it's closed down now. >> but, yeah yeah. >> what a shame. >> you have a beautiful movie theatre. >> yes the movie theatre is closed down. >> it is a ghost town. >> they open every now and then. >> but don't worry, the arts are alive in independence. >> >> we got to sit in on the rehearsal at one of madisen and his favorite spots the back room gallery. >> >> did it happen just being around the house and sort of hearing each other practice? or was there a particular moment when, you know like light bulb, we should do this together? >> it would happen when we would go play live in the coffeehouses. >> we would go up and she would do her songs and i would sit in and just start playing lead.
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>> and then i would do any original stuff and she would sit in and just play lead, so once we started realizing we played pretty decent and harmonized with each other -- we were like we are just going to go out and make this a duo and stop trying to deny what is happening. >> right. >> before ruth ward was anybody's momma bear, she was ruth whitlock, a teenager from southbend, indiana, with dreams of being a singer or playing in a band. >> so at 19, i got a guitar and i started working on songs. >> ruth made the rounds of the midwest coffeehouse circuit, honing her skills along the way. >> then along came kenneth and kids. >> you have two children that aren't part of the group. >> right. >> and your husband ken is also not part of the group. >> right. >> do they ever look at you guys, like oh mom and -- >> they did that for a while in
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the beginning stages, whenever we would get maybe an article in the local paper and, you know, they supported us but kind of rolled their eyes like, family, whatever, we all give each other a hard time so we keep each other honest. >> they started playing together six years ago, making a name for themselves in local clubs. and an appearance at last year's americana music fest in nashville landed them on rolling stone's list of 20 best things we saw. >> then came their biggest national appearance so far with this performance on the late show with david letterman. >> ♪ ♪ >> at 63, ruth could be enjoying retirement. instead madisen ward and the mama bear just finished their first european tour and first cd skeleton crew.
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>> was it difficult for you to stop being lead singer and let madisen sort of take over? >> no, it wasn't difficult. >> why? >> i love my son. >> >> in the end there is no sweeter music than that. >> >>
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>> osgood: our mothers are
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always with us, no matter how long they have been gone. "unforgettable" is the title of the book contributor scott simon of npr has written about his mother. he shares some thoughts. >> mothers have special vision. they see their children as all ages at once. when they behold their sassy teenagers, mothers still see the teething baby or stumbling followed her they used to be. but our mothers are grown by the time we meet them. so we can think they were born just to feed, burden of proof, bathe, and hold us through our nightmares. we miss out on knowing our mothers and fathers when they were young sassy, flirty flummoxed, anxious and maybe, hard as it is to imagine, even sort of cool. like my mother patricia lyons simon newman, who died a couple of summers ago. i was blessed to spend her last days alongside her in a hospital. we traded memories about our times together, we laughed a lot and shed some tears, usually not
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sadly. >> she remembered old friends and how hard it was to lose them but also how much fizz and fun they put into her life. she remembered her three husbands and dozens of old boyfriends, the good, the bad and the embarrassing. she also filled in the last details of stories that now that i am grown with children of my own i was finally strong enough to hear how she had to leave my father, a funny talented man before his drinking could drown us. how she wrestled with suicide, her mother took her life when my mother with in her early twenties and needed her most. she said for years thereafter she hoped to find some note tucked into a book or falling behind a sofa that her mother left to tell her why. suicide puts a fly in her head, she says that is always buzzing around, more than ones the buzzing got to my mother but she lived every last second to the
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age of 84. i saw my mother's whis spi hair and wobbling hands but years fell away astor irs rolled on. once more, she became the dish chicago young daughter of an irish cop and the show girl who married a comic but had to leave him, and later the grandmother of two little girls born in china. those are my daughters. i remind them their grandmother was a funny tough, fascinating woman, not just some kindly old lady who made them cinnamon toast. though i think my mother was fine with that. it's a gift on this day to try to see our mothers in the same ageless way that they see us.you >>
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time now for some mother's day birth announcements. >> a welcome to mira eastwood mhatre, born last november 30th to our producer amol mhatre and
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his wife sara digregorio. best wishes as well to vivian cox, born this past february 4th to our correspondent serena altschul and cooper cox. and most recently, a toast to cleo mae rothman born april 24th to our producer david rothman and his wife melissa smith. no baby dessert around here. >> and while we are marking special occasions our very best to bill geist who turns 70 today. a youngster by my standards. and now we go to the ever spry bob schieffer in washington for a look at what's ahead on "face the nation". good morning, bob. >> good morning charles and let me add my congratulations to that. this morning we will have former arkansas governor mike huckabee the conservative blue collar man who sometimes sounds like a democrat and senator bernie sanders the independent socialist who is going to challenge hillary clinton. >> osgood: thank you, bob schieffer.
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we will be watching. next week here on sunday morning -- >> >> david letterman. >> osgood: we say so long to david letterman. >>
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sunday morning's moment of nature is sponsored by s piriva. >> osgood: we leave you this sunday morning near cold creek nevada, where wild horses roam, and mares mother their foals. >> at this am charles osgood we wish moms everywhere a wonderful day and hope you will join us
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again next sunday morning. until then i will see you on the radio. >>
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i am bob schieffer and today on "face the nation" stormy weather from coast to coast and tough talk on the campaign
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trail. 50 tornadoes ripped through texas and across the southwest so far only one death reported. a tropical storm hit the east coast and a winter storm formed in the rocky mountains. in politics, republicans double down on the terror threat. >> as president i promise you that we will no longer merely try to contain jihadism, we will conquer it. >> >> schieffer: the list of the republican presidential candidates doubled in a week, we will hear from the latest entry mike huckabee. and hillary clinton is not only the is no longer the

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