Thursday, July 23, 2009

Walter Cronkite—‘Relentlessly Inquisitive’

Andy Rooney, newspaper columnist and television commentator said of Walter Cronkite:

“A group of reporters would meet at St. Pancras station and board a train for Bedford. Among the friends I made on those trips was...Walter Cronkite with United Press...”

“Cronkite had escaped being drafted because he was color-blind....”

“These reporters were my teachers although they didn't know it. While I tried to act more like one of them than a student, I watched and listened carefully.”

“Anyone who thinks of Walter Cronkite today as the authoritative father figure of television news would be surprised to know what a tough, competitive scrambler he was in the old Front Page tradition of newspaper reporting."

"He became the best anchorman there ever was in television because he knew news when he saw it and cared about it. He was relentlessly inquisitive. The subject of his interview always sensed that Cronkite was interested in what he had to say and knew a great deal about the issue himself.”

Andy Rooney, "My War, by Andy Rooney" (Times Books/Random House, 1995).
Compiled by Dana Cook, Walter Cronkite, 1916-2009, Remembrances of "the most trusted man in America", Salon, 18 July 2009.

Walter Cronkite and the Difference One Person can Make, SFS.
Authentic Transparency is Walter Cronkite’s Greatest Lesson Says Seth Godin, SFS.

Dr Geoff Pound

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Image: “What a tough, competitive scrambler he was…”