Sympathies and condolences to his family and friends the world over. RIP Walter Cronkite.
By Mark Washburn
July 17, 2009
He led us to Saigon, to Jonestown, to Selma, to Attica.
He escorted us to all corners of the Earth, then he showed us to the moon.
As anchorman of the “CBS Evening News,” Walter Cronkite — who died Friday at age 92 after a period of failing health, family members said — not only narrated a tumultuous era in American life, but presided over the instant that television achieved its thunderbolt potential to be the most powerful communication tool in history.
That defining moment unfolded Nov. 22, 1963, after Cronkite was drawn to the urgent, five-bell summons of the United Press International ticker in the CBS newsroom: Shots had been fired at the motorcade of President John F. Kennedy.
Walter Cronkite announces death of JFK
March 27, 2009
Walter Cronkite announcing the death of JFK on November 22, 1963.
R.I.P. Walter Cronkite
(November 4, 1916 – July 17, 2009)
CBS News Anchor (April 16, 1962 – March 6, 1981)
A true professional in his field…he will be missed.
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