Walter Cronkite Centennial

On November 4, 1916, Walter Cronkite was born in St. Joseph, Missouri.  He was the anchorman of my youth, as he anchored the CBS Evening News for 19 years (1962-1981).   He was the man who narrated America’s journey into space and the moon and who broke the news that its young President had been assassinated.

He was widely revered as “”the most trusted man in America and we celebrate his centennial during a political campaign when the lack of a modern Cronkite is so apparent.

When Cronkite died in 2009, 60 Minutes did a tribute to him that oddly featured famed comedian Robin Williams.  Williams had been a sailing companion and drinking buddy of Cronkite in Nantucket and relayed his favorite joke.  Cronkite would start with his normal anchor delivery  – “two Irish guys walk out of a bar” and then look and shrug.  “It could happen.”

Cheers Walter.

 

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