Walter Cronkite died yesterday at age 92. His career as an American broadcast journalist spanned much of the 20th century, as well as the first decade of the 21st. In 1942, after the United States’ entry into World War II, he became a war correspondent. Cronkite covered many historic milestones including World War II’s Battle of the Bulge, the Nuremberg trials, several presidential elections, moon landings, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the Watergate scandal of President Richard Nixon’s administration. His wife of 65 years died in 2005. ”She was one of the most beautiful people I ever saw in my life,” he said in a special on PBS. The CBS anchorman was a man of great influence and was trusted by many. I remember his signature sign-off, “And that’s the way it is.”
With all the media coverage of Michael Jackson it seems to have overshadowed the passing of another American Icon Ed McMahon. He was a decorated war hero and marine. He also was a pioneer in television as the tonight show sidekick to Johnny Carson. He lived a long full life with an entertainment career that spanned decades. he represented an era where regular television personalities were like part of our own family, coming into our living room every evening. Along with the Johnny Carson show I remember him from Star Search. The first American Idol contest show. His voice his personality will be forever remembered. He died at 86 years of age. He was a big man, with a big voice and a big heart.