Back when Barry Bernsonâ€™s journalism career first blossomed, men were all you saw or heard on television and radio. Today, the settingâ€™s much different, but one thingâ€™s the same: Bernsonâ€™s quirky style of story-telling and charming sense of humor.
In his new memoir: â€œBernsonâ€™s Corner: A Reporterâ€™s Notebook,â€ Bernson shares memories from his 47 years in newspaper, radio and TV â€“ from his â€œstartâ€ in print at age 7 to his 2:46 a.m. wake-up call to report the morning news.
â€œ(Waking up at 2:46 a.m. is) probably the manliest thing Iâ€™ve ever done in journalism,â€ Bernson quipped. â€œ(That) takes a lot of testosterone, pal.â€
While his news stories arenâ€™t necessarily any more manly than womanly, he explained â€œthereâ€™s no gender to unusual people. All the people who Iâ€™ve done stories on, they were not publicity hounds. They were people who did what they do and had to be sort of uncovered.â€
Some of those individuals, featured on a DVD inside Bernsonâ€™s book, include the â€œPlunger Man,â€Â the â€œTurtle Man,â€ and the â€œEngine Imitator,â€ capable of mimicking the sound of any vehicle imaginable.
Aside from journalism, Bernson narrates books for the Library of Congress through Louisvilleâ€™s American Printing House for the Blind. The six-time Ohio Valley Region EMMY award-winner has accomplished quite a career in half a century; his memoir a pleasing reminder of the many lives he touched through his work.
Bernson joked his book is simply geared toward, â€œpeople with $24.95,â€ but in all seriousness, he said itâ€™s dedicated to his descendants and anyone who came to know him through TV.
â€œEverybody should leave something behind when they go,â€ Bernson said, quoting a Ray Bradbury character. â€œThey should leave a tree, or a garden, or some kind of a thumbprint that lets the world know that you were there. So this was my little thumbprint.â€
His thumbprint may be small, but his legacyâ€™s far greater in size. Heâ€™s a man who, Bernson admitted, got more out of journalism than he ever could have given. And what he gave to his audience in smiles and laughter is a thumbprint that will certainly never be forgotten.