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captioning made possible by johnson & johnson, where quality products for the american family have been a tradition for generations >> charles: good morning, i'm charles osgood, and this is sunday morning. have you ever had two terrific things happen to you at once. terrific. coincidence. or not. when you're hot you're hot, when you're not, you're not. are kointions proof of a mysterious force at work or the luck of the draw. susan spencer will go in
search of answers in our sunday morning cover story. >> reporter: what do thomas jefferson and john adams have in common? >> these two guys both presidents of the united states both died on the same day. july 4th. not just any july 4th, but the exact 50th anniversary of the signing of the declaration of independence. >> reporter: a freaky coincidence. does it have a larger meaning? ahead on sunday morning. >> charles: michael keaton has a long track record of playing just about any role. how does he feel about taking on his latest? lee cowan is going to find out. >> reporter: we know him as the actor with relentless energy. >> it makes me want to kiss you. >> reporter: or pretty dark. >> i'm batman.
>> i always think, if it's the right kind of scared, that's a good sign. >> reporter: nothing scared him quite as much as his challenging new role. michael keaton's journey, from batman to birdman later on sunday morning. >> charles: dreamers and doers of the computer age, front and center in the latest work with noted author. >> reporter: walter isaacson has won praise with benjamin franklin. albert einstein and steve jobss. but his new book focuses on the innovator who is powered the computer and internet revolution. >> this is about people who how to collaborate and from the 40s to the present created the digital revolution. >> reporter: later on sunday morning, a walk through
digital history. >> charles: and we'll be hear for example a newly mipted musical phenomenon. singer sam smith. anthony has the honors. >> reporter: this song, and that voice have made sam smith an international star almost overnight. >> reporter: do you think you were prepared for where you are? >> i'm not. >> reporter: where did he come from? we will, when we go home with sam smith ahead on sunday morning. >> charles: paige taily toasts madeline. >> and steve hartman treats us to beautiful music at a retirement home. chip reid exploits the histories of the kennewick man. first the headlines, the 12th of october, 2014. a health care worker who
treated thomas eric duncan at texas presbyterian hospital, may have tested positive for the virus. officials are running further tests to confirm that preliminary finding. new stricter arrival screenings for the virus have go into effect at some u.s. airports. a 21 month old mexican girl to die from a virus causing severe rez practice tore problems with children across the country. 5 others have died. a possible massacre in the syria border town of kobani. islamic state militants now control about 40% of the town, despite waves of u.s. airstrikes aimed at them. seven teenage football players in new jersey are facing sex crime charges in connection with hazing attacks that took place last month. the charges prompted school officials at the memorial high
school to cancel the team's football season. here's today's weather. severe thunderstorms are expected to move across the plains. wet and cool in the northwest. the perfect day for leaf lovers in the northeast. in the week ahead. cooler across the country, except the central plains. sunny in the south. tomorrow is columbus day, marking christopher columbus' arrival in the americas. a parade here in new york and in san francisco. columbus day is no not observee in every state. in hawaii it's discoverers day. in canada sts thanksgiving. in this country many post offices are closed, and so are many schools. >> with a large enough sample of events any outrageous thing could happen. >> charles: coming up, the science behind coincidence.
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i'm tom wolf. these are my parents. we look after each other. but too many seniors have no one. and harrisburg politicians don't seem to care. as governor, i'll create a registry so families can check backgrounds of care providers.
and, i'll increase access to home health care, so seniors have the option of staying in their own homes.
after all, seniors have earned that right. we certainly have! tom wolf. democrat for governor. i'and i love new york.
there's no place like it in the world. one of my favorite fall activities is visiting our world-renowned wineries and craft brewers. and, award-winning distilleries and cider makers. they're located all across our great state. come raise a glass to your favorites. plan your fall getaway at iloveny.com/fall there's something for everyone >> charles: what a coincidence. that's what some say when you run into an old friend we haven't seen for years on the street corner. is it a chance encounter or something more? the cover story reported by
susan spencer of 48 hours. >> have a good day. >> good-bye. >> reporter: bill and laurie solomon attribute their happy 16 year marriage to an unseen force, perhaps greater than love. >> greater than random. >> reporter: coincidence. the solomons say a series of unbelievable coincidences really left them little choice. do you think you would have gotten peared had this not been all such a coincidence? >> i don't know if we want to met. >> reporter: coincidence one. bill's mother and hillary's father were high school friends not in touch for 40 years when they reconnected by chance. >> they realized that one had a son named bill, and one had a daughter named hillary. the people in the white house at the time. how funny. we've got to fix them up.
>> reporter: coincidence two. in a city of more than 7 million people, bill and hillary lived in the same neighborhood on the same street in the same building. in fact, in the very same line of apartments. there may were, just seven floors apart. you're parents can't believe this. >> they were shocked. >> reporter: bill's mother insisted he had to call hillary. but he played in cool, until coincidence three. he ran into a former co-workener his building. >> i said what are you doing in the lobby? said i have a good friend in the building. i said who is what, she said hillary kimmelman. >> bill made the call, and the rest is history. coincidence is a striking occurrence of event that is appear to be meaningful related, but, in fact, they're related only by chance. >> reporter: professor jay
koehler from chicago is an expert on probability. a classic example of coincidence is you think of about somebody you haven't thought of for years, and you know where i'm going. the phone things and it's them. >> reporter: coincidents fascinate us, when they are like thomas jefferson. when jefferson and add'd adams signed the declaration of independence, they had no idea they would one day be linked by a freaky coincidence. >> these two guys, both presidents of the united states, both died on the same day, july 4th. not just any july 4th, but the exact 50th anniversary of the signing of the declaration of independence. and that was the beginning of my questioning whether there was something more to coincidence than just coincidence.
>> reporter: for squire rushnell, it was a sign, a one time tv executive had started a successful cottage industry, books, speeches, all about coincidences, or as he calls them, godwinks. >> a godwink is one of those coincidences that makes you say two things. wow, what are the odds of that? and i wonder if that coincidence evidence of divine origin? >>reporter: rushnell's answer, a resounding yes. >> i believe that everybody has godwinks. they're like gifts left on the doorstep, and my job is to get you to open the door and open your gift. >> reporter: inside that godwink gift box, rushnell says you might find the relationship like bill and hillary solomon did, or even the right career. >> reporter: this is the cbc evening news, susan spencer
reporting. >> now some things caused you to be at cbc. maybe it was a call out of the blue. maybe it was somebody you bumped into. but maybe it wasn't by chance at all. maybe it was godwink. >> reporter: maybe it was because i applied for a year. >> there's some research to suggest that the feeling of destiny can be good for you mentally. >> reporter: even if it is reassuring, it is not reality according to science writer, matt hudson who says while coincidences are not destiny, they are destineed to happen, thanks to something called the law of truly large numbers. >> it's a term that a lot of mathmeticians came up to describe this idea that with a large enough sample of events, any outrageous thing is likely to happen. thinking about it, if you flip a coin long enough, eventually, you'll get 10
heads in a row, and the universe flips a lot of coins. >> reporter: all those coin flips add up to a simple mathematical answer for even the weirdest coincidences. >> he played the numbers on a fluke, the new york state lottery on the first anniversary of 9/11. you know the winning numbers? >> 911. >> yeah. >> lots of things happening to lots of people every day, you're going to come across an occurrence of event that is seems extremely unlikely. >> reporter: you're taking all the fun out of it. so when two former presidents dieed on the same day, it wasn't mystical, just mathematical. but we tend to make these things mystical by annoying little details. so when people were comparing jefferson and adams. there were lots of things they didn't find. did they have the same number of kids? >> scratch that.
and the selection fallacy -- to select out the interesting part. >> reporter: it's like we're hard wired to be amazed by these things. >> that's the power of rationality. >> reporter: what about the power of godwinks or the force of destiny. science writer matt hudson. >> i can't rule it out. i can't rule out unicorns, but there's no strong evidence of unicorns. >> reporter: you're really a kill joy. >> that's my >> mathmeticians will also have an answer for everything. they have to. i put more faith in the grand designer than i do in accidents happening numerically. >> reporter: for rushnell, the stories are evidence enough, like this one about actress dianne lane whose father drove a new york city taxi when she was a kid. he would come and pick her up after school. she would stand on her tippy toes looking for that one cab
out of all those cabs. 6 f 99. >> remember the number. 6 f 99. shortly after her father died, lane was thinking about her dad. >> at that moment, her car pulled to the curb, she stepped out, and her heart lept. pulling in right in front was cab number 6 f 99. now what are the odds that one cab, her father's exact medallion would be at that exact spot at that exact moment in time to give her a message of hope and reassurance. >> reporter: it's all familiar territory to the solomons whose list of coincidences seems almost endless. >> and our fathers have the same exact birthday. june 10th. her father went to boston
university, and so did i. and his roommates in college became my dad's roommate. >> get out. >> reporter: one thing, believers and doubters agree on. you are more likely to find life's amazing coincidences if you're looking for them. do you think i'll have one of these today? >> i bet you do. only if you allow them. >> reporter: i'm ready. >> once you see a godwink, you see them all the time. present egg oation of the medal president truman. >> corporal doss of lynchburg, virginia. >>
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tell. >> highlight interest today is on corporal desmond doss of virginia. >> charles: he was a conscientious objecter. the first objecter to ever win the congressional medal. >> okinawa. >> charles: during a two thafl month long battle of okinawa. doss was serving as an unarmed medic. on just one day, the citation noted doss carried 75 wounded men to safety. one by one, all while braving enemy fire with no means of shooting back. >> i thank god for letting me do my part in this war, and saving the lives of my fellow men. >> charles: desmund saw serious wounds of his own after the long battle, and devoted much of the rest of his life to his church. >>
>> charles: and during the vietnam war, the seventh day adventist trained people to be medics. he died in 2006 at the age of 87, 61 years after giving the gift of life to so many. >> reporter: and for his kind of courage, america's conscientious admiration. >> one day when out to take the air -- >> charles: ahead. >> madeline said >> charles: time with madeline.
bond jealous. >> charles: the very best books of childhood manage to stay generation after generation. there's a birthday card for one of the most enduring characters of such books. madeline. >> reporter: in an old house in paris covered with vines. >> the bread and brush their teeth and went to bed. madeline. >> reporter: for generations of children, those familiar
lines have made the beginning of another tale of madeline. the beguiling little girl with bright red her and a blue coat made her debut in 1939. with nearly 14 million copies of sold, madeline's appeal shows no signs of wearing off. why do you think madeline is so enduring? >> she's in every girl. she's brave. she's adventurous. she's funny. she's what every little american girl wants to be. >> jane curly is the curator of the new york historical society celebrating madeline's 77th birthday. the 50y girl is full of surprises. >> people think she's french. she's not. she's american in a french boarding school. >> people think miss quinle is a nun. she's not. >> the book aren't academic.
>> there are no classrooms. the kids are out in the world having adventures. >> reporter: traveling through europe meeting ambassadors, gypsies and magicians alike. it's the tale of a girl who gets herself in and out of trouble, not x*uk like her creator ludwig bemelmans. >> the daughter of the mother, and based on, but i think really it was himself, and he was always getting into trouble. >> reporter: john bemelmans marciano is the grandson. >> the father left the family when he was five years old. he had a hard time with it, but also someone no matter how hard things got, he embraced life. >> born in austria. ludwig bemelmans often ran afoul of authorities.
at 16 he had to choose between reform school or emigrating to america. he chose america. he found work as a busboy at the ritz hotel in new york city. all the while begining to develop his true calling. >> he loved the hotel business, but all the time he was here, she was drawing on the backs of menus, or using the bakery wall as a place to draw, and then mop off the wall. >> reporter: for years, the self thought bemelmans worked day job and pursued art. he published a comic strip, and illustrated for town and country. and then in 1935 he married and had a daughter barb ra. life was hard, but took it in stride saying my greatest inspiration is a low bank balance. it was a vacation on a french island and a chance meeting with a little girl that
provided his greatest inspiration. >> managed to run him over, and thankfully was the ambulance, and it brought him to the hospital where there was a crack tht ceiling that looked like a rabbit, and the little girl in the room next door who came in and proudly showed off her appendix scar to my grandfather and everyone else. >> reporter: so that was the seed of madeline? >> yeah. >> reporter: bemelmans returned to new york and wrote the opening lines of madeline, incorporating tales his mother told about the childhood school where the beds were in rows and all the girls dressed alike. madeline was named after her grandmother, right? >> it was, but madeline didn't rhyme with anything. >> the first madeline book was a success, and five more followed catching the eye of jacqueline kennedy. >> the first lady wrote a fan
letter in 1961. you sent her a drawing back that he wrote to jacqueline. and a friendship ensued. they even talked about writing a book where madeline would come and visit jacqueline in the white house. bemelmans passed away in 1962, but his fictional girl lives on. >> they're in cartoons and movies. >> the smallest one was madeline. >> what do you think? >> it's great. you captured it. >> madeline? >>reporter: then 15 years ago, john marciano revived the series. and miss kennedy's wish, madeline at the white house. >> kids haven't changed. she really captures the spirit of a particular kid. they love the language. they love what's happening. >> reporter: what's your favorite thing about madeline? >> that she's not afraid of
tigers. >> reporter: what do you love about madeline? >> that she plays. >> reporter: what endures is a little girl who isn't afraid of experiencing the ups and downs of life. a little girl who never grows old. >> and go to sleep said miss quinnell as she turned out the lights and closed the door. >> charles: still to come. introducing sam smith. and the mothers and fathers of invention.
>> reporter: his is the voice behind the international smash, stay with me. almost overnight, that soulful falsetto made sam smith one of the biggest stars in the world. ♪oh won't you stay with me >> reporter: do you think you were prepared for where you are now? >> i think i was not. actually a hundred percent no. >> reporter: earlier this year, the 22-year-old singer had two songs top the british charts. >> i wanted it so bad, and i still want it so bad that the thought of being 60 years old and thinking i could have tried harder -- ♪you -- ♪can you hear my song? >>reporter: then he invaded
america. how did it feel to play saturday night live? >> it was scary. cleverly, on the morning said to me -- it was ridiculous. but it was. >> reporter: his album, in the loney hour is the best selling debut of the year in the u.s. number one. >> it's on everybody's watch list for twaent 14. >> give it up for sam smith. >> reporter: the 6'3" singer came out of nowhere. >> it's hard to tell where i come from. it's in between cambridge is a half hour away. london is an hour away. >> reporter: smith grew up in the village of great chishill where he started mapping out a career observe he was even a teenager. what was the plan?
>> i was to move to london and come here >> reporter: worked out well? >> right here. that was my bedroom there. >> reporter: his mother, a banker, and his stay at home dad noticed his talent. so did neighbors like jim cunningham. you remember this guy? >> of course i do. around here, causing all kinds of trouble. and he used to be screeching out of that window. but it was wonderful. >> reporter: in grade school at st. thomas moore he sang in the school musicals. >> who have we got today. >> reporter: when we returned with him last month, his album had just hit number one again in england. ♪stay with me
>> reporter: after school, smith would walk for hours along country roads, headphones on, singing along with beyonce. >> yeah. this is my little spot. my first ever job over there. >> reporter: how did you pick the spot? >> something about listening to music and looking at that for me. it just makes music sound sweeter you know what i mean? >>reporter: certainly. >> i remember sometimes being here, right? i'd be listening to music for hours and hours and hours, and then suddenly a car would screech up here, and my dad would think i've been kidnapped. >> reporter: his father would connect him with a music teacher. joanna. what did you work on?
>> come fly with me. >> come fly with me. >> reporter: by age 12, he had his first manager. >> thank you. >> reporter: but it didn't all come easily. >> i had adults around me promising me things which they knew was a lie. >> reporter: did you doubt yourself? >> a hundred percent. even now i doubt myself. i don't understand what the big fuss is. i don't understand what people hear in my voice. i can't hear it myself. >> reporter: smith's breakthrough came in 2012 when the electronic group disclosure asked him to sing lead on their hit. that's when he and his producer jimmy nates started
writing songs together. how does the process work >> these chords to me. i hated them. >> reporter: in a week, they had this tune. ♪don't ever walk away. i can't believe ♪it's the way. >> reporter: smith and nates also co-wrote stay with me. the chorus is actually smith's voice recorded in 40 different takes. ♪stay with me. >> it felt like a choir. it was just me.
everyone thinks it's a chorus choir. i want the credit. >> reporter: smith says his album was because of unrequited love for a married man. >> i told my secrets. i'm an open and honest person. i was a bit lonely, and the fact that maybe i love someone, and they didn't love me back. and when i decided to tell the entire world that in the lonely hour, which i just didn't think through -- i didn't realize quite how much i was revealing. >> thank you for coming out. i hope you know how much it means to me. >> reporter: it's not just the voice. it's his vulnerability that has made sam smith a star. part of your success is that you have shown yourself. >> yes, i know.
the whole entire room sing that to me. i just can't explain the feeling. it's unreal. you feel like you just read your diary to thousands of people, and they've gone, it's okay, we still love you. ♪oh, won't you stay with me. ♪all night >> charles: next... remembered. jan hooks ♪all night >> charles: next...
very funny woman. comedienne jan hooks died thursday in new york. born in georgia, hooks broke into the movies as an alamo tour guide in the 1985 film, pee wee's big adventure. >> we're now -- did i hear someone's >> charles: in 1986 in the start of a five year run on nbc's saturday night live. >> come in here. mrs. reagan seems to be having trouble finding her way out. >> charles: laughs with her impersonations. everyone from televangelist tammy ray baker. >> and i put my hands up and i said jesus, i believe you heal. >> charles: to then first lady, hillary clinton. >> i happen to be the co-president of the united states. [ laughter ] >> charles: who could ever forget her collaboration with
nora dunn who produced the unique song stylings of the sweeney sisters. >> i don't know about you, but after being here a few minutes, i've got one thing to say ♪release me, let me go. >> charles: in 1991, jan hooks left snl for roles including designing women. more recently slee appeared on the series 30 rock. i had horrible stage fright she once confessed adding after dress rehearsal she would implore please cutering i'm in. fortunately for fans they didn't cut everything jan hooks was in. jan hooks was 57 >> charles: ahead on the trail of the 31st computer bug.
>> charles: we've gotten to know some of the most important dreamers and doers, thanks to a special writer who makes it his business. reetsa braver has been watching him. >> go ahead. you can look at your dashboard. >> reporter: in san francisco, tech crunch disrupt conference showcasing the latest digital products. and just when you're thinking everyone looks so young, you catch up with a silver haired fellow who knows just what to watch for. >> instead of looking at the product, i look at the people behind it and say are they going to be able to innovate and change when the original plan couldn't work. walter isaacson has spent
years studying what it takes to make it in the internet err a. his biography of steve jobs was a top selling book. this month he's out with the innovator published by simon and schuster, already nominated for a national book award. it's the story of how a group of visionaries, many of them unsung, created the computer and internet revolution. >> what made them succeed? what traits did it take? i wanted to give concrete story telling meaning who it ta takes to be an innovator. >> case in point, ed williams, a college drop out who is a creator of blogger.com, the first program making it easy to blog, and twitter. today with his net worth estimated at $3 billion, he says he wasn't sure that either project would take off. >> you can look back and say
yes, i knew the world needed it, but it's really a process of discovery, i think. it's like you're exploring, and you're sort of going by your gut. >> reporter: isaacson says the genius of people like williams is that they see things in ways that the rest of us can't. >> they take all the little things out of the building blocks already createed and they do something creative and imaginative. >> reporter: you might be surpriseed to learn the identity of one of the pioneers isaacson credits with first imagining what a computer might do. a woman born in the early 19th century. lovelace with some 1850s, and died at age 36. >> same age as her father was when her father died. her father was the romantic poet, lord byron. >> reporter: lord byron's daughter was a mathmetician
intrigued by the use of punch cards like these recently introduceed to program automatic. she thought similar devices could also be used for complex math problems, and much more. >> could even compose music. they could, of course, do calculations with numbers. and so by envisioning how those cards could be used on a computer, she says the computer could be general purpose. it doesn't just have to be for numbers. >> reporter: but it wasn't until almost a century later in the usa during world war ii that the first modern multipurpose computers were built for defence purposes. as to who deserves credit. >> it's a wonderful wrestling match over who invented the xuerlt. >> reporter: the contenders are in mountain view, california. there's this replica of a computer, designed by john
vincent atanasoff at iowa state university in the early 1940s. it barely worked. so isaacson says this one deserves top billing. >> this is eniac. >> it's in the smithsonian. it was finished in 1945 for the u.s. war department by a team at the university of pennsylvania. >> it worked for many years, and they can reprogram it to do everything from atom bomb tests to missile trajectory. >> but later, atanasoff would create, and copy some of his technology. >> so there are lawsuits. did anybody end up with the patent and the title of who invented the first computer? >> no. we don't want the courts to make that decision. secondly, the courts couldn't make that decision. nobody got a patent saying you own the rights to the computer.
>> reporter: isaacson says it was big news on election night in 1952 >> reporter: good evening, walter cronkite -- cbc introduced a univac computer. we hope to get you a prediction baseed on statistical principles of the results of this election as it happens. >> and it actually worked. >> cronkite was worried. so he doesn't say anything. he says we don't have a projection yet, but it just shows that a computer can be used for really practical things. >> reporter: and did you ever wonder why we say our computer has a bug in it? >> the programming for mach 1 at harvard in a big early computer. and one night it wasn't working lrl, and they opened it up, and there was a moth in one of the switches. so that's why we call it debugging. >> reporter: you might not expect walterize ide otherwise
otherwise to b walter isaacson to be a tech junkie. a former managing editor of "time" since 2003, isaacson has been the ceo of the aspen institute, a policy study organization. he's also earned a reputation as an expert on genius. after writing best sellers on the likes of jobs, albert einstein and beverag benjamin franklin. such a long distance from benjamin franklin, for example. >> i think if brifrj min franklin came up today, he'd fire up a website, and look at the iphone and figure out how to make an app. meefs invenltive. he was inventive. i see that today. >> reporter: so past books focused on individual achievements. isaacson has come to realize
that most history isn't made that way. >> the dirty world sceet is those of us who write biographies know we distort history a little bit and try to make it feel like one guy sitting there in the garage created everything. and i really wanted to remedy that with this book to say it's not just the lone inventer. it's the collaboration and teamwork that makes innovation. >> reporter: and building on the work of others. the very first and primitive personal xaurt was made by ed roberts in albuquerque. >> he doesn't have a monitor or a keyboard. >> it appearss on electronics magazine. >> and the world is never the same. young people say i want to be involved. >> reporter: and it would take young teens like paul allen and bill gates who started microsoft, and steve wasniac and steve jobs who founded
apple to make the computer computer a useful tool. in fact, walter isaacson says that in the end, the digital revolution is really a cavalcade of dreamers and doers. >> no vision without execution. it's hallucination. you've got to have teams of people for great visionaries. and also people to get them done. you combine the imagination of humans with the processings power of machines. that's where the real innovation comes. >> charles: coming up, on the range with michael keaton. but next, making beautiful music.
explains. >> reporter: inside the judson manor retirement community in ohio, they have a hundred senior citizen residents. >> i'm 66 years old. >> i'm sfen 77. i'm 93. >> and this is maris a. >> i'm 24. >> that's right. 24. >> just turned 24. >> marisa lives in a one bedroom apartment at judson manor. >> i live here with my peeps, my neighbors, and i'm not looking forward to graduating. >> you like retirement so much? >> yes. it's literally the best way to live. >> reporter: when she's not mingling withler girlfriends at the retirement community, marisa is a student at the cleveland institute of music. it was here she heard about a deal they were offering at judson. free rent in exchange for monthly performances.
>> it's in a minor. it was a deal too good to pass up. >> marisa is now fully immersed in goldon years. and not the only student here. two others took the deal >> the young people do a lot for us. they bring us alive. >> it's just nice to have the young people here. they've become good friends. >> reporter: and choose the really amazing thing. at some point it stops being about the concerts. not only for the seniors, but the students too. >> i love your top. it's so cute. >> it became more of a family than a job. >> reporter: family? >> yeah. they're all my grandparents. >> reporter: they didn't set this up for your benefit? >> no. yet i think i get the better end of the deal. i really do. >> reporter: in america, we segregate ourselves as much by the date on our driver's license as the color of our skin, but by reaching out across the ages, the young and
old of judson manor discovered a joy that they hope spreads to other retirement communities. >> i think it's a beautiful program. i think it should be done all over. >> yes, exactly right. exactly right. >> reporter: and there's a good note to end on. [ applause ] >> michael. >> charles: coming up, actor michael keaton. from batman. to bird man. man.
a while. lee cowan in the sunday profile. >> we were going to come chat. you know, these are hardcore fans. oh, my gosh, where has he been. did you get that? >> yeah, where is he. >> reporter: where actor michael keaton has been is remote. it's close to nothing. except perhaps heaven. for the past 25 years, keaton has made this montana landscape his home. big sky country. with big thunderstorms to match. it's his home on the range, where the deer and thean and th antelope do play. far from hollywood? >> yeah. >> is that the point? >> i'm not one of those -- i hate hollywood guys. i don't know how to not live
like this. >> reporter: this is where he's been geographically, but the question is where has michael keaton been professionally? >> it's showtime. >> reporter: it has been a long time since he played the bad mannered zombie in beetlejuice. don't you hate it when that happens. oh, sorry. >> reporter: and there have been countless super hero films since keaton first donned the black cape. >> i'm batman. >> where i've been is just being a person in life. it's not complicated. certainly -- >> michael -- >> people weren't knocking on my door. some were knocking, and i was saying it's not really what i
topt do. >> reporter: did you lose interest? >> yeah, i got bored of hearing myself. >> no, no, no. drunk. >> reporter: but his latest role in the film birdman has him more engaged than ever, and has some people even talking oscar. >> i'm sorry, i'm sorry. >> yeah. it's not true. >> reporter: keaton plays wigain thompson, an actor who became a household name for playing the birdman, the comic book super hero. but the role haunts the rest of his career. we find him has he's trying to mount a comeback on broadway to prove to his fans that he's more than just an actor in a crazy costume. >> it was not
autobiographical, but close. it's weird. >> it's amazing. >> reporter: the part wasn't written for or about keaton. it's just an odd coincidence. >> i probably relate less to this character than anybody i've ever done. that's the irony. >> reporter: the voice in your head -- >> i have every voice in my head. >> reporter: he is, truth be told, michael douglas, keaton's really name. born the youngest of seven in pittsburgh in 1991. as the youngest were you cracking jokes? >> i was pretty funny. and i must have liked the attention. it's weird. because i don't really like attention. but i must have liked the attention. >> reporter: his first exposure to show business came in the neighborhood. >> it's a beautiful day in the neighborhood. ♪it's a beautiful day >> reporter: mr. rogers as a prop man at pbs station qed.
but fred rogers was neighborly enough to give the strugglinganthor a chance in front of the camera too. michael douglas only changed his name to keaton because there were two other michael douglases that were a little more famous at the time. >> hi. >> reporter: it wasn't the name that got him noticed. it was the frenetic energy. in the film night shift. >> i eliminate garbage, edible paper. >> reporter: he had a certain charm that made him perfect for playing likeable wise guys. >> dad? >> yeah. >> this is cold, and the melted down. >> reporter: when mr. mom came around, casting keaton seemed a no brainer. he was witty, dry and especially funny. >> it's 7:00 in the morning.
>> reporter: but keaton could also do drama, whether as a coke addict in clean and sober. >> come on. >> reporter: or a sociopath in pacific heights. >> half of all victims are killed with their own handgun. >> no. >> i like to look -- i like to run. it feels good. so very fertile. >> reporter: somewhere in that fertile mind of his, he found what director tim burton was looking for in the character of beetlejuice. toi. this day, i couldn't tell you what his idea was exactly. >> walk and talk. it's about -- and it keeps getting funnier every time i
see it! that was free range. you could never say -- you could never say my character wouldn't do that. >> reporter: but when it came time to play the caped crusader, even some of his fans balked. the good natured funny man, they feared would never be dark enough to play a bat. >> it never occured to me it would be an issue one way or the other. >> reporter: you were playing batman? >> yes. it's funny. now i dig it. i love it. it's awesome. >> reporter: but there were petitions. people were writing warner brothers saying you can't let mr. mom play batman? >> yes. >> reporter: batman went on to be one of the biggest grossing films of the decade. batman returns was too. but when it came time for batman three, keaton bowed out. even after being offered a
reported $15 million to do it. what was it you didn't like? >> it sucked. >> reporter: there you go. >> it was awful. >> reporter: keaton has never disappeared. he's been pretty much just as busy as he's wanted to be. he couldn't resist doing the voice of barbie's ken in toy story 3. >> ask. >> and not even batman has been as demanding as birdman. >> that's why 20 years ago i said no. >> reporter: all the film is shot in long unbroken takes. it plays more like a theatre production than >> it was the most intense thing i'll ever do. i can't imagine doing anything this hard. >> reporter: tushs out, michael keaton hasn't been hiding from anything out here
>> charles: now a story about a mystery man whose origins go way, way back. chip reid has been doing some digging. >> reporter: 18 years ago, two young men made news when they found the skull on the bank of the clump xwra river near kennewick, washington. suspecting foul play, they called the police who thought the skull looked very old. they were right. anthropologists excavated and found the full skeleton and
determined it had been carefully buried along the river 9,000 years ago. >> it was certainly america's most important skeleton. it is an xegzal rare discovery. it does not happen but once in a lifetime. >> doug owsley is the smithsonian's top physical anthropologist. he sued the federal government and local indian tribes for the right to study kennewick man. >> we know what happened 10,000 years ago. >> reporter: the tribe believes the bones are ancestral and should be reburied, but the courts found the remains had little genetic connection to present day indians and ruleed in favor of science. after years of work, owsley and a team of scientists are publishing kennewick man's biography. >> most people are not aware of the wealth of information that come from human remains. >> reporter: 5'7" and
muscular. intelligence was comparable to present day humans. >> i truly consider him an ambassador from an ancient time period and enlightening us to what his life was like. >> reporter: in a word, his life was brutal. >> he has half a dozen fractured ribs. the ribs on the right side failed to mend properly. >> reporter: add to that shoulder injury, two skull fractures, and worse. when he was 15 to 20 years old, someone threw a spear at him, and the spearhead lodged permanently in his hip. >> i think this man there was an intent to kill him. >> owsley says kennewick man is causing scientists to rethink how humans first came to this continent. >> reporter: the traditional theor sepeople came from foot across the bearing strait on a
land bridge. this suggests that people also came by water. >> that's right. you have people coming in thousands of years earlier than we thought. they had boats. boats come into use earlier. he is from the east asian coastal populations. >> reporter: a life on the water is skintd with kennewick man's diet as determined by the chemical signature discovered in his bones. >> we find that this man is heavily dependent on seals for his diet. this man is a lean mammal hunter. >> reporter: his teeth were worn down and showed no sign of cavities. his enormously strong right arm suggested he hunted with a spear. >> he is so fast he fractured off the back portion. >> one of owsley's challenges was recreating what kennewick man actually looked like.
how do you get this from that? >> the skull is the tempalate for the outline and for the different structures for the eyes and the nose. >> reporter: sculptures took months to build this based on the shape of the skull, and archival photos from asian coastal people. native americans are still fighting for the right to bury kennewick man, but the federal government is holding on to his remains until the dispute between the tribes and the scientists can be resolved. >> i feel the skeleton is just begining to talk to us, and we need to carry on that conversation. >> reporter: a conversation with a man who hasn't spoken a word in 9,000 years. >> charles: next on judging a book by his cover.
>> charles: here's a look at the week ahead on the sunday morning calendar. on monday, the library of congress holds an open house in its main reading room. librarians will introduce the room's resources and collections to the public. tuesday kicks off "screamfest" in los angeles. it's described as the nation's largest and longest running horror film festival. wednesday is national fossil day, featuring national park
service and museum events designed to promote awareness and stewardship of fossils. on thursday, apcell rumored to be unveiling a new device, possibly an updated verg of its ipad. friday is the 25th anniversary of the san francisco bay area earthquake that killed 63 people and damaged part of the bay bridge. on saturday, the motorcycle peter fonda rode in the 1969 film "easy rider" goes up for auction. it's estimated small, one i million dollars.
including these thoughts from religious scholar. >> the last week has seen the tense conversation about religion in this country turn into an all-out shouting match. >> what is this -- >> the solution is -- >> more muslims. >> talked about radical islam. >> no, he said it's the only religion where the mafia will kill you. >> what's a greater threat to civilization. christian extremism, jewish extremism or muslim xreechlism? >>reporter: if we're going to have an honest religion, let's understand what we're talking about whether we say the word religion. religion is not just about the things you believe or the rituals you follow. it's about who you are as a human being. how you see the world and hur place in it. that's why religion is intimately connected to the other thing that is make up a person's sense of self. like ethnicity, culture,
nationality, gender, sexual orientation. consider this. 70% of americans describe themselves as christians. does that mean 70% of americans go to church on sunday or 70% read the bible regularly or 70% of americans blgd tell you much about jesus christ other than he was born in a manger and dieed on a cross? of course not. for a great many of this 70%, the phrase, i am christian is synonymous with i am american. in other words, it's a statement of identity as much as it is a statement of belief. no wonder that two people of the same faith can look at the same verse of scripture and come up with two radically different interpretations of it. barely two centuries ago, slave owners and abolitionists in the united states not only used the same bible to argue conflicting viewpoints they often used the same verse us. that's why it doesn't make any sense to say christians
believe this or muslims believe that. s with all religions, christianity and islam come in varieties. so it's irrational to make generalizations of any community of faith. it's just plain bigotry to condemn those communities of faith, be they christian or muslim based on the actions of a few. we've been talking about the death of god dpr a long time now, and yet religion is argueably a greater force in the world today than in centuries. a recent survey shows americans want more religion in public life, not less. so these passionate conversations we've been having about religion are not gk to end any time soon. we would all be better off if we turned down the volume on the discussion, and learned a little bit more not just about each other's religion, but religion itself.
>> reporter: the opinions. and now bob schieffer on what's ahead on face the nation. >> good morning, we'll start with the latest on the overnight news of another ebola case confirmed in dallas, and we'll talk to former secretary of defense, leon panetta. >> charles: bob schieffer, thank you. we'll be watching. and next week on sunday morning. >> i'm going to get in trouble for telling the story, but i'm going to tell it anyway. what are you going to do suspend me? >> charles: batter up. good times and bad times of pete rose.
>> schieffer: i am bob schieffer, and today on "face the nation", overnight news, a second case of ebola confirmed in dallas. word this morning that a healthcare worker who treated thomas duncan has been diagnosed with ebola. we will get details from the head of the centers for disease control, dr. tom frieden, house homeland security chairman michael mccaul, and we will have a report from liberia where u.s. troops are in place to help fight the deadly disease. we will go to iraq where the latest on the war with isis, we will talk to former secretary of defense leon panetta, whose withering criticism of the president's strategy has stunned official washington. >> plus an all-star panel, including peggy noonan of the wall street journal,