Sunday, July 19, 2009

Remembering Cronkite...

Walter Cronkite
1916 - 2009

Long before The Networks, would tell us what to think.
There was a man named Cronkite, who was truly distinct.

Back when there was still real news, and not just sensation.
There was a voice in America, that narrated the nation.

A true journalist he was, fact finder, and truth teller.
An honest reporter of news, and never, an opinionated yeller.
He blinked back a tear when Kennedy died.
But still we could see, how he cried deep inside.

From JFK, to MLK, and RFK too.
Cronkite was there, to help get us through.

Through triumphs and tragedies, he would hold our hand.
From the man on the moon, to that damn Viet Nam.
So unique was he, that no words could describe.
So they coined a new phrase, by which he would abide.
As he steadied our ship, through each stormy tide,
He became the "Anchor Man" on whom we relied.
It was his great love of history, he attempted to share
When he re-created it for us, in the show "You Are There".
He explained the "Twentieth Century" as only he could.
And, I don't know how he did it, but we all understood.
From Einstein to Atoms and DNA Recombinant,
he mastered it all, no topic was too abundant.
A generation has passed, since he first left the air.
Yet still we remember, and we will always care.
"And that's the way it was", what else can I say,
As I remember this great man, who just passed away.

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  1. Very nice poem, I think you expressed what a lot of people feel.

  2. Didn't know that you had a hidden talent!!!
    Nice job.

  3. You are a poet and I didn't even know it!
    (Sorry, I just couldn't help myself.)

    Nice poem!!

  4. I didn't think you were old enough to remember Cronkite. Have you been lying about your age??? lol

  5. you said it! if ever someone narrated our lives (as well as the adulthoods of our parents) he was the one who did it best; edward r. murray, and huntley and brinkley not withstanding.

  6. oh, crap! i realized i misspelled murrow's name. shame on me! i did notice about the repaired grammar on your part... now we're even. love, essie