Remembering a legend: Walter Cronkite 1916-2009
Walter Cronkite 1916-2009
CBS vice president Linda Mason says Cronkite died at 7:42 p.m. after a long illness with his family by his side.
Cronkite was on air for a staggering 27 of the 30 hours it took NASA to land men on the moon during the Apollo IX mission in 1969, dubbed "Walter to Walter" coverage by his peers. When astronaut Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon's surfaced, Cronkite was almost speechless for the first time in his storied career.
Cronkite earned viewers' respect for his just-the-facts style, rarely displaying much emotion on air. But there was a memorable moment in 1963, when he briefly lost his composure while announcing on live TV that President Kennedy has been shot and killed in Dallas "I choked up, I really had a little trouble...my eyes got a little wet," he said in a 2003 interview. "Fortunately, I grabbed hold before I was actually (crying)."
Cronkite was married for nearly sixty-five years to Betsy Maxwell, who died in March 2005.