Friday, July 17, 2009

"And that's the way it is..."

I was too young to watch Walter Cronkite on the evening news, but, as kind of a history buff, I've since seen a lot of his reports. The two that stick out so clearly in my head right now are the ones in which he is openly emotional - reporting the assassination of JFK and the moon landing several years later. I can't really relate to a newscaster that everybody trusted implicitly (nowadays there's little on television that can be trusted, news or no, IMO), but his humanity is what is striking to me - His deep sense of mourning when he announces Kennedy's death, his obvious awe and abundant JOY when Armstrong takes that first "small step."

Rest in peace, Mr. Cronkite.

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