By Kim Tesarek
Posted October 19, 2005
Posted October 19, 2005
Against a purple backdrop bearing his name, CBS News anchor Bob Schieffer told journalism staff and students that journalists have more fun.Schieffer came Monday afternoon for his first visit since the Schieffer School of Journalism was named after him in March 2005.
"The number one reason to be a reporter is because it's just so much fun," he said.
In his purple shirt and purple-striped tie, Schieffer shared stories to encourage students in the field.
On New Years Eve of 1977, he and Barbara Walters danced over to former President Carter at a party to ask him about a rumored visit to Egypt to visit President Anwar Sadat. The president gave them information his closest men didn't even know, sending both journalists scrambling for the phones to relay the message to their respective news stations.
"I hate telling people we danced our way to that story, but that is what happened," he joked.
Schieffer has watched a fellow journalist speak with a commander in chief, even against the wishes of officials of the White House. When former President Ford was running for his second term, Schieffer explained how he, Walter Cronkite and a three-man camera crew entered the president's office and managed to ask one quick question for the forbidden interview.
Schieffer also interviewed the mother of Lee Harvey Oswald after former President Kennedy's assassination as he drove her from Fort Worth to Dallas to see her son. Dressed as a detective, he said he made it as far as the holding room where Oswald was kept before he was discovered.
"Now tell me," Schieffer asked, "where else can you have that kind of adventure?"
After being asked about what he plans to do with his school, Schieffer said: "One journalism school has to be the best in the country. Why shouldn't it be this one?"
He said he hopes to help equip students by having more top professionals visit the school and holding more events such as the symposium with famous journalists last spring semester.
Schieffer said students need to take on responsibility and work hard.
He told them not to get discouraged if they get turned down for job positions at first.
"I tried for five years to get a job at CBS," Schieffer said. "I couldn't even get an appointment."
Tyler Harris, a senior advertising/public relations student, said he was encouraged by Schieffer's advice not to give up right away.
He said he is proud to be in the journalism school and that Schieffer's name has added prestige.
On his first night at CBS after replacing Dan Rather, Schieffer wore a purple tie on the air.
"It was neat for him to pay attention to that kind of detail," said John Tisdale, assistant professor of journalism.
At the conclusion of the speech, Tisdale presented Schieffer with a purple tie.
"We wanted to start a tradition that every year we could give him a new purple tie," Tisdale said.
He also said it would be a good way to market TCU.
Schieffer said he would wear the new tie on the air sometime this week.
Today on 360
Top five strangest moments in the 2013 TCU football season
From beginning to end, the 2013 TCU football season could be accurately described in just one word: bizarre.
From officiating anomalies to wildlife on the field, there were many moments in 2013 that left Horned Frog fans scratching their heads. Some were under TCU’s control, others were not, but they all made this season a memorable one.
Here are the top five strangest moments for TCU in 2013:
Women’s basketball grinds out win over Stephen F. Austin
It wasn’t pretty, but TCU got the job done Wednesday night against Stephen F. Austin, winning 60-52 to stay unbeaten at the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum this season.
The Frogs had another slow start, trailing early 12-2. The Ladyjacks had several offensive rebounds early to put the pressure on the Frogs to mount a comeback before halftime.
TCU (5-3) took advantage of good defense and poor shooting by SFA and only trailed by four before Zahna Medley beat the halftime buzzer with a desperation heave to cut the lead to one.
Commencement plans for spring class of 2014 still in discussion
The fall class of 2013 will receive their diplomas at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, but the spring commencement will likely be held outdoors.
Construction crews are expected to begin work on a $45 million renovation of the coliseum this spring. Plans are already underway to make the spring ceremony an outdoors occasion.
Like us on Facebook
Join our mailing list to be kept up to date on the latest campus news. We'll email you as big news breaks and send you regular updates with stories from TCU 360.