Jul 18, 2009

RIP Walter Cronkite

I wasn't even born yet when Walter Cronkite stopped anchoring at CBS News. However, as a(n amateur) student of history, it is impossible for me not to have seen and appreciated his emotional response to the death of President Kennedy in 1963. It was a moment for him professionally and personally, and it shows how he literally defined journalism for a generation.

Cronkite also did a great short that showed at Walt Disney World for years, at The Magic of Disney Animation. In it, he led Robin Williams (dressed like the Genie at the end of Aladdin) through the animation process, going 'Back to Neverland'. I've never been able to find the whole thing, but here's a clip that I found on YouTube:

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