TODAY | September 16, 2012
>>> for nbc news this is " weekend today ." ".
>> i'm maria shriver .
>> welcome to the first edition of "sunday today. ".
>> this morning we celebrate a milestone, 25 years of bringing you the stories that matter from trips around the world.
>> once again we're on the road this morning in jerusalem.
>> and freedom fighters becoming icons --
>> a salute from mr. nelson mandela .
>> to the trial of the century --
>> what was the first thought that went through your mind when you heard the not guilty verdict?
>> as well as the international cu custody dispute.
>> the 6-year-old brought out of the home.
>> there's been indescribable human tragedy.
>> we have been reporting on the horror of the new orleans convention center .
>> and amazing human spirit .
>> a family member passed away and he says he continues to smile because he's alive.
>>> and throughout it all, 25 years " weekend today " has been your window to the world. and we're back on this sunday morning, september 16th , 2012 , celebrating, yep, 25 years of " weekend today ."
>> and we are joined in studio by many of your favorite co-hosts included boyd who was here from the beginning, 25 years ago. boyd, good start. this was an experiment, can we move the "today" franchise beyond five days a week?
>> they apparently did not have color photography .
>> we had black and white , our oldest memory.
>> feel the love. 25 years, bam.
>> chased down by an elephant one day. i'm allowed.
>> i'll bring more nation. i will say those of us doing the show thought it was such a natural, obviously it's going to work on sunday mornings. there's a hole. people need this information. they weren't so sure so we were not allowed to sit at the official news desk. we had to open the show from the couch, are a little separation in case it tailed. that had nothing to do with it.