Friday, July 17, 2009
R.I.P. Walter Cronkite, America's Most Trusted Man
Above: The actual first episode of the "CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite," from 1962! At the start, Cronkite trumpets that this represented the first-ever half-hour network newscast. (Until then, the network news lasted only 15 minutes.) The first newscast includes a one-on-one between Cronkite and President Kennedy. (This clip comes from 1992, when CBS reaired it as a portion of "Up to the Minute.")
Here's live, as-it-happened coverage of Man's first steps on the moon, as covered live by Cronkite on CBS. Indeed, it's rather poetic that Cronkite just passed on during the 40th anniversary of a story that was so identified with him.
And of course, the moment when he reported the death of President Kennedy. That simple gesture -- Cronkite taking his thick glasses off while announcing the news -- has become iconic.
And for something fun: Here, Walter Cronkite and other legendary CBS newsmen -- Charles Collingwood, Douglas Edwards, Eric Sevareid, and Robert Trout -- are guests on "What's My Line" in 1956: