Last night, CBS announced that their longtime former news anchor and reporter, Walter Cronkite, “the most trusted man in America,” had died at the age of 92.
Being someone who was born four years after Walter retired from the evening news desk, I was obviously not able to see firsthand what an impact the man had. But it’s really fun looking at older videos and listening to archived news footage and it makes me wonder what it would have been like to go through some of the events that he and the rest of the nation back then went through. The assassination of JFK, the civil rights movement and the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., Vietnam, the moon landing, Watergate, etc. That must have been one eventful and interesting ride.
These days when it comes to regular hard national newscasts without commentary, I don’t often watch the same anchor every night anymore. But after seeing the footage and knowing the style he used to present news stories, I’m pretty sure I would have watched him on a regular basis.