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Friday, July 17, 2009

IT'S AMAZING CRONKITE LIVED SO LONG

by Leo E. Laurence

San Diego -- 7/17/09 -- Meeting Walter Conkite was a highlight of a trip to New York City four years ago. And, it is amazing that he lived another four years.

While representing the San Diego chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) at the international organization's national convention in New York, Conkite appeared on a panel.

We are all familiar with his TV image as "the most trusted" man in America as the anchor of CBS News.

But the man I saw that afternoon in the "Big Apple" was old and very frail. His voice was weak and hoarse.

Wherever he walked, he was assisted by aides.

But, he was still "the" man of historic significance.

When he left the elevated speaker's platform, as soon as his feet touched the floor, he was surrounded by an army of bodyguards.

It looked all so presidential.

But, he looked so frail.

I'm surprised that he lived for another four years.
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2 Comments:

At July 21, 2009 at 1:07 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

is this the best you can say about this man?? the fact you are surprised he lived so long??

considering the fact that Cronkite was doing regular commentaries on NPR until just about 2 years ago, he obviously wasn't THAT feeble.

 
At December 17, 2010 at 4:47 AM , Blogger juandos said...

Ahhh, the amazingly seditious libtard Cronkite, a true leftist crank of the first order...

The real shame is that he didn't die in his cradle...

 

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