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ThurmSpeaks::My Take On Walter Cronkite

On 17 July 02009, my quote collection contained 742 quotes, but only one of the quotes was from Walter Cronkite and I've used it in my classes multiple times over the last five years.
   "When Moses was alive, these pyramids were a thousand years old.  
    Here began the history of architecture. Here people learned to 
    measure time by a calendar, to plot the stars by astronomy and 
    chart the earth by geometry. And here they developed that most 
    awesome of all ideas - the idea of eternity."

[side-bar] There's a lot of math fodder in Cronkite's eternity quote.

Cronkite anchored the CBS Evening News from 01962-01981. I was age five in 01962 and 24 in 01981. I probably didn't start watching the evening news until a couple years prior to Cronkite's retreading. We had three channels to select from: ABC, CBS, NBC. We didn't have a favorite channel, but I suspect we watched Cronkite from time-to-time. I had no idea that Walter Cronkite was the "most trusted man in America."

Hmmm... I wonder if Cronkite would have become the "most trusted man in America" if he had gotten his start in 01995 instead of 01962.

Since his death, I've added two Cronkite quotes to my collection.

I don't know when Walter said this: "We are not educated well enough to perform the necessary act of intelligently selecting our leaders." But, it seems to be true these days.

I don't know when Walter said this: "Everything is being compressed into tiny tablets. You take a little pill of news every day - 23 minutes - and that's supposed to be enough." Today I get a lot of my "news" via tweets of 140-characters (or less) and the tweets can be received 1440 minutes per day.


Creator: Gerald Thurman [gthurman@gmail.com]
Created: 25 July 2009
Last Modified: Saturday, 05-Jan-2013 11:15:48 MST