Legendary journalist Walter Cronkite passed away this weekend at the age of 92. He was the Michael Jackson of reporting for your parents.
Most people reading and writing blogs are too young to remember watching Cronkite — he retired from the CBS Evening News in 1981 — but he was America’s steadiest and most reliable voice through two decades that changed the face of the country. He reported John F. Kennedy’s assassination with a tear in his eye, and his denunciation of the government’s optimism about Vietnam during the Tet Offensive represented a turning point in Americans’ opinion bout the war. He also smoked while reading the news and wore a mustache with panache.
Anyway, there’s a much better and longer tribute to Cronkite at The Live Feed that includes videos of Cronkite’s classic moments, so if you like your obituaries long and serious, you should head over there. All of my obits come with a free armpit-fart sound. And that’s the way it is.