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RIP Walter Cronkite by mrsthing on 18 July 2009 1:52am

Walter Cronkite passed away just about an hour ago, at the age of 92.

For you Brits, I think Walter Cronkite is the equivalent of Richard Baker. Walter was one of the grand old men of television and the news.

I can't seem to find the words to express how the man affected me. He was as much a part of my childhood as Monkees lunch boxes and air raid drills.

RIP, sir.
Re: RIP Walter Cronkite by mrsteabag on 18 July 2009 2:29am
I just saw that, too.:(
He will be sadly missed. I always felt that he was like a communal father/grandpa who would tell you the truth, but leave you feeling reassured that all would be well in time.
I wish that he'd been in good enough shape to have covered President Obama getting elected last fall. My God, he got to see the rise and fall of the Wall,World War II, Kennedy, Watergate, the end of Vietnam...Godspeed, Mr.Cronkite, and thank you.
Re: RIP Walter Cronkite by peripatetically on 18 July 2009 4:12am
Oh, I,loved that man . He was someone we could all trust. he seemed so nice, warm and sincere. Always came across as Fran said--like a grandfather figure.

Don't forget his fabulous coverage of the moon landing. He was truly affected by that and moved to tears when it happened, much like the rest of the world. I always liked him cover the New Year's celebration in Vienna every year too. He really loved that city and brought a real touch of the old world right into our homes every year during the holiday season. He was as much a part of those broadcasts as the waltz and ballet dancers, the orchestra, the palaces and the rest of the culture often covered. His lovely voice and friendly demeanor will truly be missed.
Re: RIP Walter Cronkite by johnnythemonkey on 18 July 2009 6:26am
He was well known here too, well at least to my age group and above. He was a great broadcaster and a very authoritive newsman.
Re: RIP Walter Cronkite by kazzzz on 18 July 2009 8:31am
I actually know who he is as well and I'm not American OR a Brit! Who'd have thought?
Re: RIP Walter Cronkite by suzulu on 18 July 2009 11:03am
It was on our news this morning.

RIP, Walter Cronkite.
Re: RIP Walter Cronkite by BethGoth17 on 18 July 2009 1:28pm
I know him from Bruce Almighty. RIP
Re: RIP Walter Cronkite by mrsteabag on 20 July 2009 1:31am
CBS just ran a very lovely tribute to him. Sigh. They just don't do news like that anymore.
Re: RIP Walter Cronkite by tucsonmike on 20 July 2009 1:47pm
And that's the way it was. :(
Re: RIP Walter Cronkite by peripatetically on 20 July 2009 5:42pm
He really was a wonderful person. I saw the tribute too and Larry King also had a special program for him. Fran, you are right. We'll never get the news again the way he gave it. You knew it was important and you knew it wasn't told with an agenda. You had confidence in everything he said and trusted his sources. His demeanor was nothing less than professional with no bells and whistles. He had no reason to sensationalize anything either.
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