49 Facts About Walter Cronkite

1. Walter Cronkite passed on the moon rock to Bill Powers, president of the University of Texas at Austin, and it became part of the collection at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History.

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2. Walter Cronkite made the trip to Arizona annually to present the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism to a leader in the field of media.

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3. Walter Cronkite was not just a namesake, but he took the time to interact with the students and staff of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

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4. In 2003, Walter Cronkite was honored by the Vienna Philharmonic with the Franz Schalk Gold Medal, in view of his contributions to the New Year's Concert and the cultural image of Austria.

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5. Walter Cronkite was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2003.

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6. In 1999, Walter Cronkite received the Rotary National Award for Space Achievement's Corona Award in recognition of a lifetime of achievement in space exploration.

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7. In 1985, Walter Cronkite was honored with the induction into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame.

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8. Walter Cronkite is believed to have died from cerebrovascular disease.

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9. Walter Cronkite died on July 17, 2009, at his home in New York City, at the age of 92.

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10. In June 2009, Walter Cronkite was reported to be terminally ill.

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11. Walter Cronkite was a member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, with the honorary rank of commodore.

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12. Walter Cronkite was an accomplished sailor and enjoyed sailing coastal waters of the United States in his custom-built 48-foot Sunward "WYNTJE".

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13. Walter Cronkite spoke out against the War on Drugs in support of the Drug Policy Alliance, writing a fundraising letter and appearing in advertisements on behalf of the DPA.

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14. Walter Cronkite remarked that when Fox News was founded by Rupert Murdoch, "it was intended to be a conservative organization—beyond that; a far-right-wing organization".

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15. Walter Cronkite appeared in the 2004 Robert Greenwald film Outfoxed, where he offered commentary on what he said were unethical and overtly political practices at the Fox News Channel.

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16. Walter Cronkite was a proponent of limited world government on the American federalist model, writing fundraising letters for the World Federalist Association.

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17. Walter Cronkite was a member of the Constitution Project's bipartisan Liberty and Security Committee.

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18. Walter Cronkite concluded that "The failure to give free airtime for our political campaigns endangers our democracy.

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19. Walter Cronkite worked with the Alliance for Better Campaigns and Common Cause, for instance, on an unsuccessful lobbying effort to have an amendment added to the McCain-Feingold-Shays-Meehan Campaign Finance Reform Act of 2001 that would have required TV broadcast companies to provide free airtime to candidates.

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20. Walter Cronkite was a vocal advocate for free airtime for political candidates.

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21. Walter Cronkite wrote a syndicated opinion column for King Features Syndicate.

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22. Walter Cronkite routinely hosted the Kennedy Center Honors from 1981 to 2002.

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23. Walter Cronkite made a cameo appearance on a 1974 episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, in which he met with Lou Grant in his office.

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24. Walter Cronkite provided the voiceover introduction to Couric's CBS Evening News, which began on September 5, 2006.

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25. In 2006, Walter Cronkite hosted the World War One Living History Project, a program honoring America's final handful of veterans from the First World War.

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26. Walter Cronkite held amateur radio operator license KB2GSD and narrated a 2003 American Radio Relay League documentary explaining amateur radio's role in disaster relief.

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27. Walter Cronkite recorded voice-overs for the 1995 film Apollo 13, modifying the script he was given to make it more "Cronkitian.

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28. Walter Cronkite provided the pivotal voice of Captain Neweyes in the 1993 animated film We're Back: A Dinosaur's Story, delivering his trademark line at the end.

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29. On May 21, 1999, Walter Cronkite participated in a panel discussion on "Integrity in the Media" with Ben Bradlee and Mike McCurry at the Connecticut Forum in Hartford, Connecticut.

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30. Walter Cronkite was shown inviting Disney guests and tourists to the Disney Classics Theater.

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31. Walter Cronkite hosted the annual Vienna New Year's Concert on PBS from 1985 to 2008, succeeded by Julie Andrews in 2009.

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32. On February 14, 1980, Walter 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.

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33. On December 10, 1963, Walter Cronkite introduced The Beatles to the United States by airing a four-minute story about the band on CBS Evening News.

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34. Walter Cronkite had anchored the CBS coverage of Nixon's address, announcing his impending resignation, the night before.

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35. Walter Cronkite was in the New York studio at Rockefeller Plaza as the first pictures to be transmitted and received were the Statue of Liberty in New York and the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

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36. Walter Cronkite reminded the audience, again, of the attempt made on the life of the President and tossed to KRLD news director Eddie Barker at the Dallas Trade Mart, where Kennedy was supposed to be making a speech before he was shot.

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37. Walter Cronkite related a report given to reporters by Texas Congressman Albert Thomas that the President and Governor were still alive, the first indication of their condition.

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38. Walter Cronkite was the lead broadcaster of the network's coverage of the 1960 Winter Olympics, the first-ever time such an event was televised in the United States.

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39. Walter Cronkite added, "A puppet can render opinions on people and things that a human commentator would not feel free to utter.

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40. Walter Cronkite hosted It's News to Me, a game show based on news events.

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41. In 1950, Walter Cronkite joined CBS News in its young and growing television division, again recruited by Murrow.

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42. Walter Cronkite landed in a glider with the 101st Airborne in Operation Market Garden and covered the Battle of the Bulge.

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43. Walter Cronkite ultimately accepted the UP offer, a move which angered Murrow and drove a wedge between them that would last for years.

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44. Walter Cronkite became one of the top American reporters in World War II, covering battles in North Africa and Europe.

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45. Walter Cronkite dropped out in 1935, not returning for the Fall term, in order to concentrate on journalism.

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46. Walter Cronkite was a member of the Houston chapter of DeMolay, a Masonic fraternal organization for boys.

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47. Walter Cronkite lived in Kansas City, Missouri, until he was ten, when his family moved to Houston, Texas.

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48. Walter Cronkite was born on November 4, 1916, in Saint Joseph, Missouri, the son of Helen Lena and Dr Walter Leland Cronkite, a dentist.

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49. Walter Cronkite was known for his extensive coverage of the US space program, from Project Mercury to the Moon landings to the Space Shuttle.

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