On this day in 1981, Walter Cronkite after 19 years as the anchorman for the CBS Evening News signed off for the final time, to be replaced by Dan Rather. Uncle Walter was billed as ‘the most trusted man in America.” Cronkite had joined CBS News in 1950 as one of “Morrow’s Boys.” He covered a wide variety of events over the years. He took over the evening news from Douglas Edwards in 1962. The most memorable event of his career had to be his coverage of the Kennedy Assassination. His editorial on the Vietnam War after the TET Offensive in 1968 supposedly had President Johnson saying “If I’ve lost Cronkite, I’ve lost Middle America.”
After retiring from the CBS Evening News- Cronkite would return occasionally as a special correspondent. He would die at the age of 92 in 2009. Needless to say, it is unlikely that any reporter/ anchorman will ever have the influence that Cronkite had in the 1960’s and 70’s. Rightly or wrongly, America trusted Cronkite. In today’s world forget about that happening.