s skippy the bush kangaroo: walter chronkite dead at 92

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Friday, July 17, 2009

walter chronkite dead at 92

yes, this is disrespectful

ironically on the weekend that will see the 40th anniversary of the apollo moon landing, which he helped to indelibly etch into the collective consciousness of tv watchers in the 1960's, walter chronkite has passed away. nytimes:

“my father, walter cronkite, died,” his son chip said just before 8 p.m. eastern. cbs interrupted prime time programming to show an obituary for the man who defined the network’s news division for decades. read an obituary by douglas martin here.

mr. cronkite’s family said last month that he was seriously ill with cerebrovascular disease.

mr. cronkite anchored the “cbs evening news” from 1962 to 1981, at a time when television became the dominant medium of the united states. he figuratively held the hand of the american public during the civil rights movement, the space race, the vietnam war, and the impeachment of richard nixon. during his tenure, network newscasts were expanded to 30 minutes from 15...

for his exhaustive and enthusiastic coverage of nasa, mr. cronkite was sometimes called “the eighth astronaut.” during the first moon landing in 1969, mr. cronkite “was on the air for 27 of the 30 hours that apollo 11 took to complete its mission,” the museum of broadcast communications notes.
he will be missed. hell, he was missed when he retired in the 80's. now we've got david schuster and chris wallace as elder statesman in the news? god help us.

and that's the way it is.
posted by skippy at 5:44 PM |


yes, this is disrespectful

Words fail me on that one, skippy...
commented by Blogger Jim Yeager, 11:05 AM PDT  

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