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Jul. 17th, 2009 08:20 pm RiP Walter Cronkite

Since Walter Cronkite forced retirement in the Spring of 1981, CBS News was never the same. How ironic that he died while America celebrates the 40 year anniversary of Apollo 11.

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Date:July 19th, 2009 10:59 am (UTC)
Walter Cronkite remained very active and successful on television for the rest of his life after his 1981 retirement from CBS News. He was no longer on TV every night but he was on often enough so that he never seemed to really be away or retired to me.

My strongest early memory of Walter is probably when I saw him as his eyes watered and his voice broke when he announced the death of President Kennedy in November 1963. He had done a memorable outdoor TV interview with a vibrant JFK in Hyannis Port on a beautiful sunny day less than three months before Kennedy's death, which must have made it very hard for Cronkite to believe that JFK was so suddenly gone.
Date:July 19th, 2009 12:41 pm (UTC)

CNN treated Walter with more respect than CBS

11 years ago when John Glenn returned to space, "Uncle Walter" was a guest host for CNN, not CBS.

Given what Walter met to the Tiffany network, CBS is doing a shoddy job paying tribute to the man, especially in the light of recent celebrity funerals that we have seen. It was interesting that on Friday night, Katherine Couric was on CNN, not CBS.
Date:July 19th, 2009 01:12 pm (UTC)

Re: CNN treated Walter with more respect than CBS

"Given what Walter met..."
should read,
"Given what Walter meant..."

Thousand pardons!
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