Saturday, April 3, 2010

Walter Cronkite, Anchorman (When Holdin' It Down Lifted U.S. Up)

by Barry Michael Cooper

(This was an essay I wrote a day after the death of storied CBS anchorman, Walter Cronkite. Originally published in the Huffington Post on 18 July 2009.) 

"If I've lost Cronkite, I've lost middle America..."
President Lyndon Baines Johnson in 1968, when he learned that CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite believed that Vietnam was "unwinnable".
On Friday, 17 July 2009, we lost another chunk of America. Walter Leland Cronkite crossed the finish line of a most noble marathon. He was 92 years old.