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Walter Cronkite Dies
Posted 7/18/2009 2:15:00 PM

Like so many Americans, I am saddened by the loss of Walter Cronkite. Rightly dubbed "the most trusted man in America," Walter once worked at WKY Radio (where I would later work for nine years) as the OU Football play-by-play announcer in 1937. He passed from a cerebral vascular disease at his Manhattan home last night surrounded by family at age 92. Perhaps his most memorable moment for me personally was his tearful announcement on CBS that JFK had died which I remember seeing as it happened in my Art class at Northeast. His astute assessment of the Vietnam war after visiting there and his emotional live coverage of the first manned moon landing by Apollo 11 almost exactly forty years ago are also like bookmarks on my life. He will forever remain among the very greatest  broadcasters and jounalists in both Oklahoma and U.S.  history.

Mr. Cronkite . . . you shall always have my utmost respect and admiration.

And that's the way it is.

Fred Hendrickson
Posted By: Fred H.  

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