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Old 07-17-2009, 05:04 PM   #1
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Default Walter Cronkite 1916 – 2009

I know it is stretching a point to suggest that Walter Cronkite had anything to do with publishing. He was never a print sort of guy. But if you are an American old enough to remember the 1960s, ’70s, or early ’80s, you probably cannot think of the news without thinking of Walter Cronkite.

He told us about John F. Kennedy’s assassination. He covered the marches and political issues surrounding the Vietnam war. He reported on the Democratic convention in Chicago in 1968. He was our eyes and ears during the Nixon saga.

If you are of a certain age, and if you owned a TV set, you have memories of Walter Cronkite, who died today at 92. May he rest in peace.

   
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In my teens I spent summers with my grandparents. When 6PM rolled around there was no question which evening news we watched. My grandfather watched Cronkite on CBS. There was no other choice. In 1969 I stayed up late watching the moon landing with Mr. Cronkite.

   
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In my teens I spent summers with my grandparents. When 6PM rolled around there was no question which evening news we watched. My grandfather watched Cronkite on CBS. There was no other choice. In 1969 I stayed up late watching the moon landing with Mr. Cronkite.
We did not watch TV much during the 60s and 70s, so unfortunately missed his heyday. But we certainly watched him narrate several signal events, including the moon landing. Jack was working at NYU in 1969 and friends threw a moon party so about 20 of us were together watching Cronkite and the men on the moon.

I think he was a unique character in any event, but his working life also happened to include many momentous events, from the assassinations to the War in Vietnam.

   
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And don't forget the show he used to narrate in the late 50s/early 60s, You Are There.

(It's better to date yourself than to date strangers, I figure)

   
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And don't forget the show he used to narrate in the late 50s/early 60s, You Are There.
Right. I certainly remember the name, and have a sort of memory of what the show was like, but I did not have access to TV much until the 70s.

Cronkite definitely left a strong impression.

   
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LOL!!! Tooo true...'-}}

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sky: In 1969 I stayed up late watching the moon landing with Mr. Cronkite.
During the summer of 1969, I had my first job. It was gawdawful. I was a waitress at a Howard Johnson's restaurant making I think $.33/hour (yes...that's cents!) plus tips and my manager truly believed that if man had been meant to fly, god would have given man wings...

Fortunately, I wasn't working on July 20th and 21st so I was able to watch the tv coverage (I'm pretty sure we watched CBS) of the landing which I thought was sooo exciting--still do.

My dad worked for NASA in Greenbelt, MD and I have the plaque he was given for the Apollo 11 mission and his Operations Control badge for Apollo 14. Pretty cool stuff...

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