Monday, December 19, 2011

Tuesday, December 19, 1933

I rode the streetcar to school. I got all M's. Rode streetcar home. Hattie stayed with Mrs. Raifert.

Walter Leland Cronkite, Jr. ((November 4, 1916 – July 17, 2009)
American broadcast journalist, anchorman for CBS News
Nicknames: Old Ironpants, Uncle Walter, King of the Anchormen

Above: Cronkite announcing the death of President John F. Kennedy on November 23, 1963

Cronkite was born in St. Joseph, Missouri, and lived in Kansas City until he was ten,
when his parents moved to Houston. There he edited the high school newspaper and was a member
of the Boy Scouts. He attended college at the University of Texas at Austin, entering in the Fall
term of 1933. While in college he worked on the Daily Texan and became a member of the Nu
chapter of the Chi Phi Fraternity.

He dropped out of college his junior year and took a number of newspaper jobs,
eventually joining the United Press in Kansas City. He became one of the top American reporters
reporters in World War II, covering battles in North Africa and Europe. After the war, he covered
the Nuremberg trials and served as the United Press main reporter in Moscow for two years.  

Cronkite was recruited to CBS by Edward R. Murrow, and worked his way up
to anchorman of the evening news. One of his trademarks was ending the CBS Evening News
with the phrase "...And that's the way it is," followed by the date.

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