When I was younger, I hated the news.
I realize now it was because I wasn't able to comprehend most of it. The only thing that seemed to be of value to me would be the weather, and even then, my mom had to yell at me to wear a coat.
Then I started to listen more and watch less. At 8 years old, I was captured by the man on the TV whom my mother always had praised and who always spoke in a modulated tone.
He was able to capture everyone's attention.
He was aware of the fact that he was in someone's home. He knew he was a part of someone's Sunday morning routine and he always wanted to be respectful of that.
His voice connected to his desire to come off as personable and empathetic.
No matter the story, he connected with and inspired people.
Eight years later, I was able to hear this voice in person.
I was so used to this voice on a squared screen that once I heard him, within 5 seconds of him speaking, I became a giddy little girl. Not only did he speak about his life, but he sang "The Man in the Looking Glass" by Frank Sinatra. I learned more about the man with the voice that would greet me on Sunday mornings, and it enriched my views of him and his teachings.
Charles Osgood not only was a TV journalist, newscaster, radio and television commentator and writer, but also a teacher -- at least to me.
During his presentation Oct. 25 in New Albany, he spoke about the things you do if you wanted to be a successful journalist, newscaster, broadcaster, etc. But you didn't have to be -- or want to be -- any of those things to understand his larger message.
As a journalism student, I learned early on from Osgood that one should never try to convince people to take the same stance as oneself.
The business is not an exercise to convince them you are right and they are wrong.
The job is to provide factual information while reaching every ear of every person and, if nothing else, intrigue them.
My favorite line of the day was, "If you want to interest people, you have to be interesting." I believe he has done just that.
Glenda Emanuel is a junior at Cristo Rey Columbus High School. She penned the Foundation in Focus guest column on behalf of the New Albany Community Foundation after attending Charles Osgood's student lecture during his Oct. 25 visit to New Albany for the Jefferson Series.