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Rest in peace, Walter Cronkite

Anchor Walter Cronkite has passed away.

A little cruel that he didn't make it to the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. He was long tied to the Apollo missions; probably he was heard by the most people in my generation when he narrated the beginning and end of the film Apollo 13 (and of course appeared in archival footage), but I do remember Cronkite's last years as a CBS News anchor. (He debated with his producers back in 1977 over whether The CBS Evening News should lead with the death of Elvis.)

I kind of wanted to do a play on "You, Are, There," but nothing's working. ("He, Aren't, There"?)

Rest in peace, sir.


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Jul. 18th, 2009 12:35 pm (UTC)
I don't feel too broken up over his passing: he lived long and well. Last night I watched footage of him from recent years (such as a 2003 interview) and he was still sharp and smart. And he apparently greatly enjoyed retirement (even if he hadn't wanted to retire when he did).

His career came about in unique circumstances that won't be repeated, but he would've been a decent person no matte what he'd wound up doing: that decency, and a gentle humor, just radiated from him.

*salutes Walter Cronkite*
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