He was the most trusted news man in America.
“Good evening from our CBS Newsroom in New York on this, the first broadcast of network television’s first daily half hour news program,” Walter Cronkite said to audiences across the country on April 16, 1962.
Cronkite would anchor the CBS evening news, walking us through many difficult moments such as the Vietnam War, the Iran Hostage Crisis, Watergate, all long before today’s technology. Cronkite allowed dead air as he talked on the phone to get the official word about the death of Lyndon B. Johnson.
“I’m talking to Tom Johnson, the press secretary for Lyndon Johnson, who has reported that the 36th President of the United States has died this afternoon,” Cronkite reported.
He would retire on this date in 1981.
“And that’s the way it is…Friday, March 6th, 1981. I’ll be away on assignment and Dan Rather will be sitting in here for the next few years. Good night,” was his final farewell to audiences who had watched Cronkite for generations.
Walter Cronkite passed away in July 2009.