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Cronkite and ASU

July 17, 2009

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Many readers will no doubt have heard by now that legendary American newsman Walter Cronkite has died at the age of 92. The archetypal anchorman, between 1962 and 1981 he presented the American public who watched CBS with some of the defining moment of recent history including the Kennedy assassination where he emotional announced (after removing his glasses):

From Dallas, Texas, the flash, apparently official: [reading] “President Kennedy died at 1 p.m. Central Standard Time.” [glancing up at clock] 2 o’clock Eastern Standard Time, some 38 minutes ago. [pause to regain composure] Vice President Johnson [cough] has left the hospital in Dallas, but we do not know to where he has proceeded. Presumably, he will be taking the oath of office shortly and become the 36th president of the United States.

Cronkite associated his name with ASU’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication in 1984, rescuing the struggling program and turning it into one of the top journalism programs in the country. He was proud to be associated with it and often visited the school when it was on the Tempe campus (it has subsequently moved to downtown Phoenix where it is located in a six-story, 223,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art building).

More on Cronkite and ASU here and here.

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  1. Crudely Wrott
    July 17, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    In retrospect much of what I know of the twentieth century was either first introduced to me or further explained to me by Uncle Walt.

    I remember being the only one in the house watching the CBS Evening News when I was only nine or ten. Walter spoke directly to me with an authority that assumed nothing more than my ability to understand. Rarely did he introduce his own feelings and then only about a subject that had the attention of everyone. Like JFK’s assassination or the Apollo moon mission or the Nam.

    Thank you, Mr. Cronkite.

    And goodbye

  2. DLC
    July 23, 2009 at 1:56 am

    I remember well Cronkite reporting on Apollo 11’s landing on the moon in july 1969.
    Fulfilling President Kennedy’s promise to go to the moon in this decade.
    In many ways, Cronkite was one of our last “newsmen” — a breed apart from the plastic-faced powdered presenters we have now.

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