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Walter Cronkite "gravely ill"

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Boomer7, Jun 18, 2009.

  1. Boomer7

    Boomer7 Active Member

  2. Double J

    Double J Active Member

    Oh, crap.

    Godspeed, Walter. :'(
  3. mb

    mb Active Member

    One small request: Not too close to deadline.
  4. shockey

    shockey Active Member

    godspeed, walter. and thanks for everything -- mainly for being a rock for the nation for so long. :) :) :)

    if it is indeed imminent there's plenty of time for the sunday papers and morning news shows to pay proper homage.
  5. Boomer7

    Boomer7 Active Member

    It's stunning how even-keeled he was in this clip on Nov. 22, 1963:
  6. JackReacher

    JackReacher Well-Known Member

    I'm ashamed to admit that I never appreciated Cronkite nearly enough until I took a bunch of journo classes the last couple years.

    He's pretty much the man.
  7. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    And that was in just his second year on the job, no less.

    It's funny, he was Evening News anchor for 19 years, but he's been retired for almost 28. It doesn't seem like it's been that long ...
  8. Andy _ Kent

    Andy _ Kent Member

    mb, blue font would have been appreciated, but in reality, we really didn't need that comment at all. Cronkite epitomizes the term "Legend."
  9. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member


    Be Better Walter
  10. Smasher_Sloan

    Smasher_Sloan Active Member

    He teared up at some point when the JFK news was breaking.

    There's a great story where he picked up the phone in the newsroom during all the hubbub of that day and some viewer was complaining that, "Walter Cronkite is on the TV, crying crocodile tears when everyone knows he hated Jack Kennedy."

    He said, "Madam, this <b>is</b> Walter Cronkite, and you're a goddamn idiot." Then he hung up.

  11. Double J

    Double J Active Member

    You're right, and his work that day went a long, LONG way toward establishing his legend.

    One of the lowest points in American history, and yet a true benchmark in the history of American journalism.
  12. HorseWhipped

    HorseWhipped Guest

    Don't say that. It's what you prove on deadline that counts.
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