Thanks WalterPosted: July 17, 2009
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.