19 July 2009
Thoughts on Walter Cronkite
Although I wasn't even born when Walter Cronkite was in his heydey in the early 1960s, his name is the first that pops into my mind when I hear the word "anchorman". Cronkite didn't retire from the CBS anchor desk until 1981, so he is part of the background sounds of my childhood. He lent a gravity to his reading of the news that made me feel what he was saying was the truth. Just as I stopped paying attention to late-night TV when Johnny Carson retired, I never really took the news shows seriously once Walter Cronkite was no longer on the air. All the other shows just seem like sensationalism and entertainment.