Question: What short-lived, much-ridiculed series centered on a criminologist who was “sole heir to the secret link that binds man ans animal”?
Last Question: What news anchor departed with the words: “I’ll be away on assignment and Dan Rather will be sitting in here for the next few years”?
Answer: Walter Cronkite
Walter Cronkite, “The most trusted man in America”, was an anchorman for the CBS Evening News for 19 years (1962–81). He was known for his catchphrase, closing out each news program: “And that’s the way it is”.
He was a news anchor during quite an eventful era. He reported the death of President John F. Kennedy, combat in the Vietnam War, the death of civil rights pioneer Martin Luther King, Jr., Watergate, and the Iran Hostage Crisis. He was also known for extensive coverage of the space program from Project Mercury to the Moon landings to the Space Shuttle.
On February 14, 1980, Cronkite announced that he intended to retire from the CBS Evening News; at the time, CBS had a policy of mandatory retirement by age 65.
His last day in the anchor chair at the CBS Evening News was on March 6, 1981; he was succeeded the following Monday by Dan Rather. Here is the ending of his last broadcast:
In his retirement, he made guest news appearances, did voiceover work for documentaries, and also did work for Disney. This includes ‘Back to Neverland’ shown in the Disney’s MGM Studios attraction, The Magic of Disney Animation. Here is the show starring Cronkite and Robin Williams:
He also did the narration for Spaceship Earth at Epcot:
Walter Cronkite died on July 17, 2009, at his home in New York City, at the age of 92.
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