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Alvandy  (Level: 240.3 - Posts: 7692)
Fri, 17th Jul '09 8:25 PM


A breaking news story- the legendary and one of the most trusted television news anchors of all time- Walter Cronkite has just died at age 92.

His announcement of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy will never be forgotten by me.
There are many others. I admired him greatly.
May he rest in peace!

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Fri, 17th Jul '09 8:27 PM

Watching the MSNBC tribute now. Just read his autobiography.

The passing of a giant.

Gypsylady  (Level: 148.2 - Posts: 6097)
Fri, 17th Jul '09 8:28 PM

I just heard it on the news, Al. He was a great reporter and anchor, and I also remember his announcement on President John F.Kennedy's death.


Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Fri, 17th Jul '09 8:29 PM

He and his Betsy were a love story for the ages, too.

Kaufman  (Level: 267.7 - Posts: 3941)
Fri, 17th Jul '09 8:41 PM

He was the news.

On the bright side, I'm now the most trusted person in America.

Or at least one notch higher.

Daveguth  (Level: 266.6 - Posts: 1636)
Fri, 17th Jul '09 9:13 PM

I was just talking about Walter Conkrite with some friends last evening. We were remembering where we were during the Moon landing 40 years ago this coming Monday. I was describing my very strong memory of Walter so effectively killing time as we waited (somewhat impatiently for a 15 year old) between the landing and Armstrong's first step--more than 4 hours if I remember right. Can't remember who was with him--Wally Schirra? Eric Severied? But like all the other great news story of his day (e.g., Kennedy assassination), he was the face we always turned to for the very best reporting.

One of my favorite stories is one I heard him tell once. One day when visiting Disney World (probably mid seventies), he happened to be wearing a blue coat and a tie, that just happened to look somewhat official, perhaps like an employee would wear. They had honored him earlier in the day and given him one of those white Mickey Mouse-shaped name badges, with "Walter" on it. Walt Disney had been dead a few years, but that didn't stop dozens of people from coming up to him, as he strolled through the park, and tell him what a thrill it was to "meet Mr. Disney himself!"

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Fri, 17th Jul '09 9:18 PM

What I remember most is fitting for this 40th anniversary of the first moon landing.

He said that man had wasted many words of greatness to describe feats much less worthy.

I enjoyed his show on Sunday evenings, "Twentieth Century," but I was really excited when he began "Twenty First Century."

Goodnight, Chet, Goodnight David, and now, Goodnight Walter. I enjoyed watching both news casts, but I genuinely loved Walter.

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Fri, 17th Jul '09 9:29 PM

What I remember him saying during the moon landing coverage was "Wow!" and "Gosh!" He was as enthralled as all of us.

He seems like a part of everything that ever happened to us.

Lynnm  (Level: 235.9 - Posts: 2032)
Fri, 17th Jul '09 9:39 PM

Yes, he was just like a little kid when he reported the moon landing, I hope he's considered a role model by the industry, because he was always far more than a talking head.

Spacecat  (Level: 164.5 - Posts: 673)
Fri, 17th Jul '09 9:51 PM

Behind the space program, the war, and the events of the 1960's was the man who brought it to us as a common man. He had his own manner and way of communicating. Sad to see you go Walter, RIP.

Ladyvol  (Level: 212.1 - Posts: 5648)
Fri, 17th Jul '09 9:56 PM

He was the only news anchor that my dad would watch...He will be sorely missed.
RIP Mr. Cronkite

Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Fri, 17th Jul '09 9:59 PM

After Cronkite visited Viet-Nam and reporting that we could not win, LBJ said "If we lost Cronkite, we've lost the war". It was also the beginning of the end for McNamara, AKA "The Mad Bomber". Those things could only be done by a person of his respect and integrity.

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Fri, 17th Jul '09 10:02 PM

Here is the five-minute clip on YouTube of Cronkite when he announced the death of President Kennedy.

For anyone who has worked in news media, Walter Cronkite was pretty much the standard by which others were measured for many years, and most fell short. He had a profound affect on his viewers for the almost 20 years he anchored the news desk at CBS. He provided the context for many tumultuous events of the 60s and 70s. Viewers trusted him and he did not disappoint.

"And that's the way it was..."

Bbear  (Level: 166.9 - Posts: 2297)
Fri, 17th Jul '09 10:42 PM

Remember the presidential debate where there was a lot of fussing about the possibility that the candidates would BS the reporter and lie on the questions? The decision was that Walter Cronkite would be the moderator because no one would BS him.

Good stuff.

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Sat, 18th Jul '09 9:27 AM

Too bad Uncle Walter never ran for office - lots of folks wanted him to, he'd have won any office he ran for, but he loved what he did.

Love the Disney story, Dave.

Caramel1  (Level: 135.0 - Posts: 21587)
Sat, 18th Jul '09 9:32 AM

Particularly liked his "You Are There" show-made history come alive......

Garrybl  (Level: 291.5 - Posts: 6770)
Sat, 18th Jul '09 11:20 AM

This is very interesting for a non-American because I only came over after he was no longer a major player.

I suppose there are a few English equivalents; and the recent movie about Edward R Murrow is perhaps about a comparable figure...(the Brits have more of a take on him because of the war reporting) but it is informative to see how much respect Cronkite was held in.


Madamec8  (Level: 85.9 - Posts: 897)
Sat, 18th Jul '09 8:01 PM

His coverage of JFK's death was one I'll never forget. His barely contained composure when he announced he had died choked me up.

Wordster  (Level: 166.7 - Posts: 936)
Sun, 19th Jul '09 5:46 AM

Definitely a sad loss. I can remember seeing him on TV when I was growing up in the United States. His stature is evidenced by the respect with which people remember him. He was a giant among presenters.

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Sun, 19th Jul '09 9:01 AM

CBS Sunday Morning is doing a tribute.

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Sun, 19th Jul '09 10:44 AM

It's been extended into Face the Nation.

Awesome. Now, that's a TRIBUTE.

Bakerstreeet  (Level: 42.7 - Posts: 187)
Sun, 19th Jul '09 11:37 AM

I am a retired print journalist. I grew up watching Mr. Cronkite and became a news reporter because of him. He epitomized the importance of the First Amendment, demonstrating integrity, courage, honesty, and an unshakeable morality that should be the foundation of a truly free press. His goal was to promote a vibrant democracy by working tirelessly on behalf of all citizens, with genuine neutrality, rejecting a personal political agenda. Providing news and information was the simple goal; real, unflinching and without embellishment so each of us could make informed decisions.

I left the industry when it turned away from those core values and instead embraced a renewed form of yellow journalism that promotes tabloid reporting, and sees news only as an entertainment commodity for commerce -- and to hell with the public good, in favor or blind avarice. 'If it smells, it sells,' is this new credo, which views explotation of human weakness and cruelty as time-honored journalistic techniques. No longer is the pubic informed about issues, but instead titilated by the extra-curricular activities of celebrities, and celebutants.

Sorry for the rant! On a much lighter note, I recall a great story about Mr. Cronkite. He had a sailboat he named, "On Assignment." Whenever he wasn't sitting in the anchor chair, his fill-in explained to viewers that Mr. Cronkite was, "on assignment." Insiders never knew for certain if he was tracking an important news story, or sailing the seven seas.

Mr. Cronkite is one of the few people that I never met but whom I will miss every day for the rest of my life. I salute you, sir, and am sure that you're in heaven and have already petitioned St. Peter for a face-to-face interview with the biggest "get" there is!

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Sun, 19th Jul '09 12:11 PM

That was a pretty awesome tribute too, Emily.

Bakerstreeet  (Level: 42.7 - Posts: 187)
Sun, 19th Jul '09 12:13 PM

Thanks. He meant a lot to me.

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Sun, 19th Jul '09 12:17 PM

Who knew Walter was buddies with George Clooney? But he was, and George's dad too. George summed it up in an email to Ted Koppel, I think it was: "I don't want to live in a world without Walter Cronkite."

Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Sun, 19th Jul '09 6:24 PM

You know when Walter was speechless at first when we landed on the moon? Well, I've been so saddened by his departure, I just can't think of anything to say, except I'll miss him.

-- Geri

Sargon  (Level: 112.9 - Posts: 1256)
Mon, 20th Jul '09 1:03 AM

Great Cronkite moments:
JFK's death
Man on the moon
The Viet Nam war is lost

Cronkite is on the air and gets a call during a commercial from LBJ's press secretary that the former president had died. Cronkite is still talking on the phone when the commercial ends. He gestures one more minute so he can get the final details before announcing Johnson's death.

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