UPDATE from commenters: California Girl identifies anchor in video as very young Bill Kurtis (tribute VO was Charles Osgood); DDADmin posts link list of Cronkite-philia here
Friday, July 17, 2009
Walter Cronkite has passed away, the "most trusted man in America" when I was growing up. His frank looks and reassuring voice steadied my family and the rest of his fellow Americans through nerve-wracking events of last century including a moon landing, presidential assasination and the Vietnam War. He anchored the CBS Evening News from 1962 to 1981 when evening news was a very big deal. Most towns had evening newspaper delivery then, but because of print deadlines, television kept you most up to date. The first thing weary dads did upon coming home was turn on the news. There were only three channels. My father said CBS was the best because Cronkite delivered the news without "hooey." Here's a vintage look at Walter Cronkite's career, in case you missed it on the night he retired from anchoring in 1981.