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Saturday, July 18, 2009
Walter Cronkite goes the distance - we lost him at 92
National news reporter Walter Cronkite left us on Friday night...
Walter Cronkite, whose warm, personal style helped define the television news and earned him the title of “most trusted man in America,” died Friday night in his New York home surrounded by family. He was 92.
As the anchor of the “CBS Evening News” from 1962 to 1981, Cronkite was much more than the country’s most-watched newscaster. He became a reassuring interpreter of the events that roiled America and the world, from civil rights unrest to the Vietnam War to Watergate to the hostage crisis in Iran.
He also became a national icon. His signoff, “That’s the way it is,” was added to the lexicon of American popular culture. So was “Uncle Walter.”
“I always have been concerned about the idolatry” of people on TV, Walter Cronkite said.
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