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A visit with Walter Cronkite

The Story

Walter Cronkite was the anchor of the CBS Evening News for 19 years on television. In this revealing interview with Paul Saltzman, Cronkite talks about his "luck" entering journalism, his hobbies and the news business. Cronkite also offers his thoughts for today's youth, urging them to become active in the world because "(it's) an exciting period in man's history."

Medium: Television
Program: Through the Eyes of Tomorrow
Broadcast Date: June 26, 1966
Guest(s): Walter Cronkite
Interviewer: Paul Saltzman
Duration: 11:40

Did You know?

• Water Cronkite was born in Missouri in 1916. He left college to work as a newspaper reporter and radio announcer.

• During the Second World War, Cronkite gained renown as a war reporter, flying in a B-17 bomber, covering the front lines in Europe and North Africa and landing by glider in Holland. He covered the Nuremberg warcrime trials and reported from Moscow for the United Press.

• In 1962 Walter Cronkite became the anchor of the CBS Evening News, a position he held for 19 years. He covered the Apollo 11 and 13 space missions, the Iran hostage crisis (1980-81), the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the Vietnam war and the Watergate scandal.

• "Uncle Walter" signed off on March 6, 1981, saying, "Old anchormen, you see, don't fade away; they just keep coming back for more. And that's the way it is: Friday, March 6, 1981. I'll be away on assignment, and Dan Rather will be sitting in here for the next few years. Good night."

• Cronkite stayed active as a special correspondent and political commentator until 2008. he died on July 17, 2009.




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