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Senior Member
Username: 57basstra

Post Number: 1033
Registered: 4-2005
Posted on Friday, July 17, 2009 - 6:23 pm:   Edit Post

"Walter Cronkite, the premier TV anchorman of the networks' golden age who reported a tumultuous time with reassuring authority and came to be called "the most trusted man in America," died Friday. He was 92."

The Golden voice of my generation. No one spoke with more authority and reassurance.

We B Boomers grew up in a strange wonderful time. Having been born 7-5-57 I was truly "A child of the 1960s."

I will never forget the incredible feeling of having Walter talk about the moon landings. I also well remember how sad he sounded when talking about the casualties of our Soldiers (and allies) in Viet Nam. All of the newness, madness, chaos and adventure of the 1960s and '70s came via Walter. (I can remember newscasts about the icons I still love like The Beatles, The Stones, and all of the weird, weird news of the time like Charles Manson,,,)

He was like a dear, wise old Uncle who never judged -- just told it like....
.." and that's the way it is."
Intermediate Member
Username: jerryme

Post Number: 111
Registered: 1-2008
Posted on Friday, July 17, 2009 - 7:01 pm:   Edit Post

As a formally trained history teacher, Walter Cronkite was a wonderfull teacher in terms of the 1960's, with the Vietnam era in particular.

Senior Member
Username: bassman10096

Post Number: 1224
Registered: 7-2003
Posted on Friday, July 17, 2009 - 10:17 pm:   Edit Post

The industry has changed - not for the better - so much that nobody like that would gain prominence today.
Intermediate Member
Username: peoplechipper

Post Number: 130
Registered: 2-2009
Posted on Monday, July 20, 2009 - 12:43 am:   Edit Post

Agreed.They even found a way to chase Dan Rather away...
Username: bassilisk

Post Number: 23
Registered: 4-2009
Posted on Monday, July 20, 2009 - 12:36 pm:   Edit Post

All the living history that I witnessed came through that man. He was in my living room every night from my earliest memories onward. Often imitated but never duplicated.

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

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