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  • Cronkite: Family Says He is Not Expected to Recuperate

    We're about to lose yet another American icon, and another fixture for us of the baby boomer and older generations.

    With the first reports coming out a week ago, the family of legendary news anchor Walter Cronkite says he is not expected to recuperate from the brain disease he is suffering.

    EDIT: In my thread title, I meant to say "not expected to" instead of "will not".

    According to this story from upi.com and E News Online, he's at home resting comfortably with his family and a medical team.

    Cronkite is 92 - once voted the "most trusted man in America" and nicknamed "America's Grandfather".

    Prayers to Walter and his family.
    Last edited by Radiobarry; 06-27-2009, 10:08 PM.
    God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

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    re: Cronkite: Family Says He Not Expected to Recuperate

    How sad! This has been a rough week, as you say, for us baby boomers. Losing so many icons of our time.

    P.S. Barry---your link only leads back to this thread. Just an FYI.

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      re: Cronkite: Family Says He Not Expected to Recuperate

      Originally posted by I Heart Disneyland View Post

      P.S. Barry---your link only leads back to this thread. Just an FYI.
      Thanks, Janine. Should be fixed now.
      God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

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        Re: Cronkite: Family Says He Not Expected to Recuperate

        one tough week for Hollywood and TV
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          Re: Cronkite: Family Says He Not Expected to Recuperate

          Wow, truly an icon in television history.

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            Re: Cronkite: Family Says He is Not Expected to Recuperate

            Damn. But then again, he IS 92, and it's not like it's unexpected.

            I still wonder if his epitaph will read "And that's the way it is..."

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              Re: Cronkite: Family Says He Not Expected to Recuperate

              Originally posted by sir clinksalot View Post
              Wow, truly an icon in television history.





              Yeah, from back in the days when it took more than just a perky smile, fancy hairstyle and enhanced chest to land a gig on the evening news...

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                Re: Cronkite: Family Says He Not Expected to Recuperate

                Originally posted by OldSchoolMickey View Post
                Yeah, from back in the days when it took more than just a perky smile, fancy hairstyle and enhanced chest to land a gig on the evening news...
                The man said more with one move of his reading glasses, than most anchors today can read off a dozen teleprompters.

                (Those that remember the moment, or have seen the umpteen times it's been replayed since, will know what I'm talking about.)
                God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

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                  Re: Cronkite: Family Says He Not Expected to Recuperate

                  Originally posted by Radiobarry View Post
                  The man said more with one move of his reading glasses, than most anchors today can read off a dozen teleprompters.

                  (Those that remember the moment, or have seen the umpteen times it's been replayed since, will know what I'm talking about.)
                  Yes. I remember it all too well.
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                    In remember the last interview with Walter Cronkite that I heard. The man stated that before we invest another dime in the space program, we should feed the entire world until there is no more hunger on the planet. Where the world is concerned, our nation's first prioity is to inspire it to be a better place...not to discard all of our ambitions in order to be it's financial babysitter.

                    When I was a kid, I thought of Cronkite as a warm, charismatic newscaster. I reget his passing...but he was a far cry from the iconic figure I once thought him to be
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                      Re: Cronkite: Family Says He is Not Expected to Recuperate

                      Originally posted by Ride Warrior View Post
                      I reget his passing...but he was a far cry from the iconic figure I once thought him to be
                      He died??? I've not heard that yet.

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                        Re: Cronkite: Family Says He is Not Expected to Recuperate

                        Originally posted by I Heart Disneyland View Post
                        He died??? I've not heard that yet.
                        Apparently he hasn't died yet. I spoke too soon. Sorry about that.
                        To Boldly Go Where No MiceChatter Has Gone Before!

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                          Originally posted by Ride Warrior View Post
                          Apparently he hasn't died yet. I spoke too soon. Sorry about that.
                          To quote Monty Python..."I'm not dead yet!" )

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                            Re: Cronkite: Family Says He is Not Expected to Recuperate

                            Originally posted by Ride Warrior View Post
                            In remember the last interview with Walter Cronkite that I heard. The man stated that before we invest another dime in the space program, we should feed the entire world until there is no more hunger on the planet.
                            Interesting that he's said that in recent years.

                            I don't know if he had a change of heart or not, but it does seem rather ironic because he seemd to be a great champion of the Apollo program and the race to the moon back in the day.

                            I never saw any Nielsen figures on this, but I know our TV set - and I'm sure the great majority of other sets across the nation - was/were tuned to CBS, and Walter and Wally Schirra, that July Sunday almost 40 years ago, when the "Eagle" made man's first lunar landing.
                            God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

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                              Re: Cronkite: Family Says He is Not Expected to Recuperate

                              Originally posted by Radiobarry View Post
                              Interesting that he's said that in recent years.

                              I don't know if he had a change of heart or not, but it does seem rather ironic because he seemd to be a great champion of the Apollo program and the race to the moon back in the day.

                              I never saw any Nielsen figures on this, but I know our TV set - and I'm sure the great majority of other sets across the nation - was/were tuned to CBS, and Walter and Wally Schirra, that July Sunday almost 40 years ago, when the "Eagle" made man's first lunar landing.
                              As this thread is not a part of the debate thread, I did not feel free to give an more acurate account of my why it is that I feel one of my childhood heroes (Walter Cronkite) let me down. Since you pointed out that he was behind the space program during the 60's, I feel compelled to give more of a complete accounting of my view.

                              Cronkite was indeed a huge supporter of the NASA and America's space race (and it's aerospace industry) during the Kennedy Administration and Johnson Administration, each in the 60's. However, he was aginst it when Republican's Reagain, Bush, Sr. and George W. held office.

                              I've remained in support of the space program regardless of which political party held the presidency. What's more, I'm extremely proud of my dad for having ordered the rocket engine parts for the scientists that built the rocket ships and experimental aircraft of the 60's...including the ship that took Armsrong to the moon...and one big step for mankind!
                              To Boldly Go Where No MiceChatter Has Gone Before!

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