For millions of people in the boomer generation and older, Walter Cronkite was the news. He had contemporaries, of course--David Huntley and Chet Brinkley come to mind--but no one appealed to the masses with the same sort of charisma/charm that Walter Cronkite exuded. That is not to say that Cronkite was a showman or a celebrity as many of the contemporary newspeople are. Cronkite had a straight forward, no nonsense style that said to viewers: "You can trust me." And trust him, we did.
And now, at age ninety, the veteram journalist is returning to the venue that embraced him. He will soon have a weekly feature on the Retirement Living network, which can be accessed at: www.rl.tv and is scheduled to beging airing on DirecTV in October.
I'm looking forward to viewing Cronkite again. No, his appearances won't be nightly any more, but even a once-a-week "visit" with the father of TV news will be a welcome and refreshing respite for what passes as journalism these days.