BACK AT IT AFTER A FEW DELAYS!

Hey Blog fans, we’re back!  There was a few rough days last week, and the blog was down, but here we are back for a new week all shiny, ready and new!  Of course, this is quite a day historically speaking, with it being the 40th anniversary of the lunar landing.  And, as we mentioned on the show this morning, hitting this milestone in history is made somewhat melancholy by the loss of Walter Cronkite, the legendary CBS News anchorman.  He was fascinated and enamored with the idea of space travel and going to the moon.  Now with this milestone upon us, knowing that he died just a few short days ago adds to the weight of the moment.

WALTER CRONKITE WAS THE MAN, BUT IN MY HOUSE HE WAS MORE!!

THE MAN, THE MYTH, THE LEGEND,

THE MAN, THE MYTH, THE LEGEND,

For me, Walter Cronkite was the voice of my dawning into what the “news” was all about.  My memories of him do not go as far back as some of you, but I do remember his anchoring of moon shots, the Vietnam War, Watergate, and so much more of the events that made up the 1970’s.  And, as many of you feel, his mellifluous vocal delivery and knowledgeable tone of of the news always made me feel like he was trustworthy, reliable and, most importantly of all, ACCURATE.  Those qualities are what I strive to meet every day when I deliver a newscast.  Do I make it?  Probably not…you tell me.

But as I was saying, in my house growing up in Chassell as the son of a man named Walter, named Walter myself, to have Walter Cronkite on TV every weeknight was where it was at!  He wasn’t just the guy giving you the day’s news that evening, he was my kin!  As my dad would call him, he was our “kaima”, which is a Finnish term for cousin or family member.  It was so much more than just a 23-minute newscast, our “kaima” was telling us “the way it is”.  My dad and I were very proud to be named Walter!!


SO GOODBYE WALTER!

So from this Walter to you, enjoy this farewell.  We’ll see you out on the great beyond.

Oh, and Walter…I’ll see you on the Dark Side of the Moon!


-Walter L.

-W