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The passing of an icon part 2

July 18, 2009

A legend who will be missed

A legend who will be missed

Walter Cronkite passed away last night at the age of 92.  The legendary broadcaster and iconic journalist died from complications of cerebrovascular disease, an affliction he had been battling for some time.  While I am much too young to remember watching Mr. Cronkite, I do know that he was the source of information during a period in which our nation saw much turmoil, and experienced remarkable change.  The Vietnam conflict, the assassination of President Kennedy, World War II, the cold war and the struggle for civil rights changed the face of America.  Mr. Cronkite navigated the landscape with unusual calm, intellect, grace and objectivity.  Those attributes defined him as a pioneer in his field, and a giant to those privileged to know him.  He was America’s anchor.  He will be missed.

Watch the clip below.  Never has a journalist delivered such earth-shattering news with such humanity, realism and strength.  A defining moment for television:

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