Friday, July 17, 2009

Goodbye, Walter

Walter Cronkite is gone. Ouch, that hurts.

I'm not saying I always agreed with the man's political opinions. But I grew up with him. He was a mainstay in our home. He began anchoring about five months before I was born, and nearly nightly I heard his jovial voice saying, "And THAT'S the way it is." Until I left my parent's home in 1980 and went off to school, Walter was a daily guest.

Possibly because of this, I always had a warm fuzzy feeling whenever I saw his face or heard his voice. When I became more politically "aware" and realized that Walter and I diverged in many areas, it was actually painful. But regardless, there's no question Walter Cronkite was the voice of America for all of my formative years.

May you rest in peace, Mr. Cronkite. Thanks for everything.


  1. Like you I grew up with Walter Cronkite...he was as much a part of our house as eggs and bacon for breakfast......and that was the way it was!


  2. I remember the grandfatherly newscasts also....then when I got older he spoiled my memories with his lefty opinions. Just like all big personalities (almost all), they get an inflated ego and then loose with what they think is so ah shoot.

    He ruined it for me.