Thanks Walter

Sadly, thats the way it is.

Sadly, "that's the way it is."

After weeks and weeks of wailing and gnashing of teeth about the loss of people like Michael Jackson and Billy Mays comes the news that we have lost someone who truly was significant across decades of American history.

Walter Cronkite is gone, at 92 years old.

Before there were right wing journalists, before there were left wing journalists, there was Walter; proof positive that to truly soar, you need both wings, with something substantial in the middle to steer.

The man will always be a part of my generations recollection of the major events of our time – the Kennedy assassination, the Apollo program, Vietnam, Watergate.

Yet for all the respect and the weight of the title “the most trusted man in America”, he came across as someone who did not take himself too seriously. After he retired he popped up playing himself on a few situation comedy shows. He even appeared on a video played during Jimmy Buffett concerts one summer, narrating a supposed trip to the moon via seaplane, in the style he used on the old Apollo missions.

There was much public wailing and gnashing of teeth for the loss of the entertainer and the huckster.

To be sure, there will be none of the sort at the loss of this man who truly  contributed more to the wealth of our society than he possibly could have contributed to his own pockets.

Shame on us all for that.

Thanks Walter.


3 Comments on “Thanks Walter”

  1. frigginloon says:

    Yes RIP Walt. Hmm, I will always remember him taking off his glasses and that silent pause before he told the world of the assassination of JFK. A true gentleman. I don’t think he would mind a quiet, dignified funeral. He will always be interwoven with some of the most significant events in American history. All I can say is we should be grateful he didn’t befall the same fate as Farrah. He can be celebrated and receive the appropriate coverage he deserves.

    Psst do you think Walt knew how to peel a banana correctly.

  2. Kathi D says:

    There hasn’t been another one like him yet.

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