The voice that introduced America to The Beatles, the man who was there throughout the Nuremberg trials, the Vietnam war, the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Jr. and the moon landing, has now left us. Walter Cronkite, "the most trusted man in America," after whom the term anchor was coined, died in his New York home on Friday. For those who grew up in the 20th century, Cronkite was an constant narrator in living rooms, store windows and kitchen counters. From blue-lit television screens across the nation, his iconic presence was there to announce and comment upon every momentous event that touched a generation.
Cronkite was a calm, reassuring pioneer of television news whose rare departures from even-toned reporting (from exclaiming "oh boy!" at the 1969 landing on the moon, to his subtle condemnation of the Vietnam war) captured the sentiments of many Americans. From his beginning as a radio announcer to a long run as host of CBS Evening News to political advocacy after his retirement, Walter Cronkite left a legacy of inspirational dedication to our nation.
Here's a compelling remix of some of Cronkite's most notable moments: