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A Tribute To The Great Walter Cronkite

Updated on March 10, 2015

November 4, 1916-July 17, 2009

I just heard the news. A man I have always looked very highly on has passed away this evening at 92 years old.

Walter Cronkite was to the news as Michael Jackson was to pop music.

Walter was born here in Missouri; in St. Joseph, Missouri to be exact. When he was quite young, his family moved to Texas.

In 1933 Walter enrolled in the University of Texas at Austin. He took journalism but never graduated. He went to work for the Houston Post and became a reporter. He moved to another job in Oklahoma City as a sportscaster.

World War 2 was beginning and Walter joined the United Press and covered the war from bunkers and was in the middle of many battles.

I could go on and on about the life and times of Walter, but I feel the people who knew him best at C.B.S. can explain all of that much better. Below is a link to their story, and I would like to share a few videos of this great newscaster and the service he gave us.

Rest in Peace kind sir. Your reporting moved many of us and there will never be another as great at "The News" as you were.


© 2009 Greg Boudonck


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      MindField 8 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      I don't want Uncle Walter to rest in peace. I want him to do what he wanted to do most - visit outer space. I hope he has an eternity of adventure ahead of him. And I've decided that from now on - whenever I look at the face on the full moon - it will be his face I see.

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      Merle Ann Johnson 8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      I so well remember this man...a sad day for us and a Glorius one for him..RIP SIR...:O) Hugs G-Ma

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      Lawrie 8 years ago from London, England

      Although living in the UK, even I have heard of this great man. He may well have been the last of the true, professional journalists and news readers. I am sure he will be sorely missed. RIP Mr. Cronkite.

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      Laura Spector 8 years ago from Chiang Mai, Thailand

      Such sad news. I listened to an interview with him several years back where he predicted the end of real journalism in his lifetime in trade for info-tainment. I'm afraid I'd have to agree with him. He was a great journalist and story teller. RIP.

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      James A Watkins 8 years ago from Chicago

      I grew up feeling assured somehow by this man, who was out there watching over things for us. And letting us know what was going on. RIP

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      Greg Boudonck 8 years ago from Will soon return to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      Thanks for reading Iðunn ; I am waiting on Walters report on Heaven--I remember always using his closing line with my classmates--And Thats the way it is!!

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      Iðunn 8 years ago

      he was one of the greats and I'll never forget his voice. RIP Walter Cronkite.