The Almanac

Today is Friday, Nov. 4, the 308th day of 2005 with 57 to follow.
By United Press International

Mrs. Cronkite dead at 89

NEW YORK, March 17 (UPI) -- Mary Elizabeth "Betsy" Cronkite, the wife of retired CBS News anchorman and former United Press correspondent Walter Cronkite, has died. She was 89.

Rather signs off as CBS News anchor

NEW YORK, March 9 (UPI) -- CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather signed off for the final time Wednesday, ending his 24-year term at the network's news helm.

Walter Cronkite always preferred Schieffer

NEW YORK, March 8 (UPI) -- Veteran CBS news anchor Walter Cronkite says he always preferred Bob Schieffer to Dan Rather as his successor.

Analysis: Dan Rather reporting

LOS ANGELES, March 7 (UPI) -- Dan Rather is heading for the exit at "CBS Evening News" in much the same way as he occupied the anchor chair there for the past 24 years: professing a dedicati
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Analysis: Relevant nightly news

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- The announcement that Dan Rather is retiring from the CBS News main anchor chair next March, and next week's departure of Tom Brokaw from the NBC anchor chair,
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Analysis: Relevant nightly news

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- The announcement that Dan Rather is retiring from the CBS News main anchor chair next March, and next week's departure of Tom Brokaw from the NBC anchor chair,
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

The Almanac

Today is Thursday, Nov. 4, the 309th day of 2004 with 57 to follow.
By United Press International

Analysis: Probing CBS News

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- CBS News is looking into how "60 Minutes" came to use documents of questionable authenticity in a report on President George W. Bush's military record, but the
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Cronkite to appear on MTV politics special

LOS ANGELES, May 6 (UPI) -- Legendary U.S. newsman Walter Cronkite will offer analysis on various political issues for an upcoming MTV special, Zap2it.com reported Thursday.

Analysis: Brokaw hangs 'em up

LOS ANGELES, April 20 (UPI) -- Tom Brokaw's impending retirement as anchor of NBC's "Nightly News" might shake up the ratings competition among the major network news divisions, but it doesn'
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Dolly Parton gets 'Living Legend' award

WASHINGTON, April 13 (UPI) -- Entertainer Dolly Parton has been tapped to receive the Living Legend Award, the U.S. Library of Congress's most prestigious honor.

Cronkite urges Kerry to be a proud liberal

WASHINGTON, March 22 (UPI) -- Former CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite is urging Sen. John F. Kerry, D-Mass., to defend his liberal record rather than hide from it.

Princely art to go on view in Vienna

VIENNA, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- A private collection of Old Master art, second only to that of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, will go on display in Vienna for the first time in nearly 60 years.

Cronkite recovering in NY hospital

NEW YORK, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Legendary newscaster Walter Cronkite is recovering in a New York hospital following surgery on his Achilles tendon, eOnline.com reported Tuesday.
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Walter Cronkite
Walter Cronkite bristles every time he is accused of being as much a television personality as a newsman. Yet fans hound Cronkite for autographs while the politician cools his heels. This year he will cover his 12th presidential election along with the two political conventions, and plans to report what he hears and sees with all the impartiality he can muster. Photo issued June 9, 1976 in Hollywood. (UPI Photo/Files)

Walter Leland Cronkite, Jr. (November 4, 1916 – July 17, 2009) was an American broadcast journalist, best known as anchorman for the CBS Evening News for 19 years (1962–81). During the heyday of CBS News in the 1960s and 1970s, he was often cited as "the most trusted man in America" after being so named in an opinion poll. Although he reported many events from 1937 to 1981, including bombing in World War II, the Nuremberg trials, combat in the Vietnam War, the death of President John F. Kennedy, the death of civil rights pioneer Martin Luther King, Jr., Watergate, and the Iran Hostage Crisis, he was known for extensive TV coverage of the U.S. space program, from Project Mercury to the Moon landings to the Space Shuttle. He was the only non-NASA recipient of a Moon-rock award. Cronkite is well known for his departing catchphrase "And that's the way it is," followed by the date on which the appearance is aired.

Cronkite was born in Saint Joseph, Missouri, the son of Helen Lena (née Fritsche, August 1892 - November 1993) and Dr. Walter Leland Cronkite (September 1893 - May 1973), a dentist. He had remote Dutch ancestry on his father's side, the family surname originally being Krankheyt.

Cronkite lived in Kansas City, Missouri, until he was ten, when his family moved to Houston, Texas. He attended junior high school at Lanier Junior High School (now Lanier Middle School) and high school at San Jacinto High School, where he edited the high school newspaper. He was a member of the Boy Scouts. He attended college at the University of Texas at Austin (UT), entering in the Fall term of 1933, where he worked on the Daily Texan and became a member of the Nu chapter of the Chi Phi Fraternity. He also was a member of the Houston chapter of DeMolay, a Masonic fraternal organization for boys. While attending UT, Cronkite had his first taste of performance, appearing in a play with fellow students Eli Wallach and Ann Sheridan.

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