I suppose it shouldn't be surprising that a man of 92 would pass away, but I was sorry to hear it. Although he hasn't worked for a long time, he was a legend.
That is sad, so sad I can still hear his voice in my head. What an honest man. So many great people this year for some reason it is more heart-breaking then last year.
Wow....this is terrible of me, but I actually thought he was already dead. He was certainly the shizzles when it came to news!
Very sad! R.I.P. His legendary career definitely helped shape journalism and brought inspiration to many.
Walter Cronkite was defintely a great journalist and commentator.
He was a legend, even here in Australia where we do not see much of him he is respected. R.I.P Walter!
Walter was an icon, but he was not God. We tend to remember the things we want to about celebrities and conveinently forget the rest. His voice and his concern for others made him stand out. His death however dimishes us no more than any other persons passing. I fail to see why all the hoopla when someone famous passes. In most cases, in the days before they pass we could care less about what they are doing. Then they die and it 'rocks out world'. Whatever.
onthewriteside, oh - it's not so terrible of you... We all have those people we think are already dead who aren't.
logicandcommonsense, I don't really see a simple post (within minutes of hearing it on the news) as "hoopla". I see no mention of the word, "God," anywhere but in your response. For those of us who grew up with Walter Cronkite reporting the news every evening, he was kind of fixture in our lives until he retired. Even afterward, he'd show up occasionally somewhere, and it was kind of good to see him again. (He's not dead, but Ted Koppel is another "fixture" I watched faithfully for - like - 25 years and kind of wish was still on each night. Tim Russert was another one. Peter Jennings and David Brinkley - another two we "let into our homes". Nobody thinks anyone is "God". If you watch someone for years it's because you kind of like them or how they report things.
I was a kid when it was Walter Cronkite who told the world President Kennedy had died. He was on that screen for what seemed like "ages" after the assassination. He "brought us" the moon landing. Television news didn't have quite so many seemingly "disposable" anchor people back in those days. A lot of people appreciated having someone very professional "bring us" those big event. (It was the same thing with Peter Jennings and 911.) Some people on this site are too young to know how it was to live in a "before Kennedy assassination/after Kennedy assassination" world; or a "before-moon-landing/after moon-landing". It's natural for a lot of people to kind of associate Walter Cronkite with these huge events (as well as decades of professional reporting).
To say something like, "Gee, I kind of feel bad to hear that Walter Cronkite died" isn't saying it "rocked my world". It's simply saying that after watching from the time I was a little kid until he retired, it is kind of sad to hear of yet one more icon of a bygone era (particularly one with events the likes of which have not been seen since, fortunately in the case of the president).
All these decades after the US president was assassinated, those of us who recall how shaken everyone was tend to associate the event with Walter Cronkite's reporting. Nobody who doesn't recall that event can possibly know the kind of impact it had; and, yes, people were glued to the screen with Cronkite's reporting because that's what there was for the fastest information.
In the weeks following what I think was a little too much "hoopla" over the death of a troubled pop music star, I thought it might be nice to give a little acknowledgement to the news icon with whom so many of us associate some of the biggest events in US history.
"and that's the way it is"
Celebrity deaths are suppose to come in 3's, hopefully there will not be 2 more? Really sad, he was an icon for reporters and so many others.
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