In a day and age in which TV news has become almost as much opinion as it is fact, we all stop and mourn the passing of one of the last real newsmen. Certainly by now, everyone has heard of Walter Cronkite’s passing over the weekend at the age of 92.
I vividly remember growing up in Winter Haven, Florida and watching the CBS Evening news with my parents. Each night, Walter Cronkite would close the news with his trademark saying … “And that’s the way it is.”
He showed us he could be a regular guy. He showed us real emotion when President Kennedy’s assassination came across the wire. But at the same time, he was a real journalist. He was the among very first journalists who brought us World War II details – and at the time he was a mere 26 years of age.
He knew 12 United States Presidents well. He was at the news desk when our country began its outer space ventures. Polls of the regular American found Walter Cronkite to be “the most trusted man in America” on two different occasions.
Walter Leland Cronkite was born November 4, 1916 in Houston, TX. He died Friday night with his family by his side. He was and will remain an icon among the world’s foremost journalists … and that’s the way it is!
Rest in peace, Walter. We’ll miss you.