A Difference Maker

Thousands of words and minutes have been justifiably devoted to the death of Walter Cronkite.  

These two paragraphs from the New York Times obituary are what resonated with me.

 Mr. Cronkite sometimes pushed beyond the usual two-minute limit to news items. On Oct. 27, 1972, his 14-minute report on Watergate, followed by an eight-minute segment four days later, “put the Watergate story clearly and substantially before millions of Americans” for the first time, the broadcast historian Marvin Barrett wrote in “Moments of Truth?” (1975).

In 1977, his separate interviews with President Anwar el-Sadat of Egypt and Prime Minister Menachem Begin of Israel were instrumental in Sadat’s visiting Jerusalem. The countries later signed a peace treaty.

There are many good reporters, and many good news readers.  But agents of change on an international scale?  He may have been the last.


About Gerry

I've been covering Connecticut news and sports since 1974. I know, I don't look that old.
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2 Responses to A Difference Maker

  1. Gerry..I love the phrase “agent of change”. you used. I would hope we aall want to make a positive difference in the world in which we live..and Walter Cronkite made that difference in may ways.

  2. Lou says:

    I did not get to see Walter Cronkite doing the news as a young man because my father was a sworn Huntley-Brinkley fan, but in the few times I did see him, he was that agent of change AND, more importantly, that friendly uncle who brought a pleasant, thoughtful, and most of all INTELLIGENT view of the news.

    Rest in Peace, Uncle Walter.

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