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July 18, 2009

Walter Cronkite, RIP

This summer is getting a bit ridiculous: Ed, Farrah, Michael, Karl Malden, and now... Uncle Walter.

Walter Cronkite, respected CBS anchor for many years, passed away yesterday at the age of 92. I watched so much Cronkite as a kid, especially during all those space launches, which so inspired me.

I actually met this gentleman at a Broadway play some years ago; he was, in fact, a great fan of New York theatre. It was during intermission... when several hundred people descend on the restrooms simultaneously, and Mr. Cronkite and I both exited the restroom at the same time, and practically walked into one another. When I realized who it was, I simply extended my hand, told him what a fan I was, and he was most gracious.