Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Another Trail Blazer Leaves Us

Walter Cronkite passed away this past weekend. Wow. A lot of people who were influential have 'left us' recently. Their contributions were diverse, but they all touched us in distinct and important ways.

Walter Cronkite was a journalist, the likes of which we don't see much of these days. He had integrity. He tried to present clear, unbiased information. He was a human being who cared deeply about informing the public. He was dubbed the most 'trusted man in America.

I have deep respect for this man. I remember his news casts. He's an icon and a cultural treasure.

The story that has come out that I loved the most about Walter Conkrite is that he actually got in trouble when he initially used his unique tag line of, "And that's the way it is" to end his newscasts.

I love a rebel. The fact that he wanted to use that line and he had to battle to do it, gives me even more respect for him!

Mr. Cronkite is traveling with Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Ed McMahon, Billy Mays (The Oxyclean pitchman), a good friend's father and another friend's 22 year old niece. Interesting traveling companions.

Rest in Peace Walter Cronkite. Thank you for all you gave us. You set a high bar for journalists. I hope that more will attempt to live up to your standards.