I want to be Walter Cronkite…

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I want to be Walter Cronkite.   I want to live my life with passion.  I want to follow my dreams and my beliefs wherever they will take me.   I want to work hard and play hard.  I want to listen and report what I know with honor and integrity.  I want to treat others with dignity and respect.  I want to pause a moment to get things right…

I watched the 60 Minutes Special about Walter Cronkite with my husband last night.  I was transported back in time to my first childhood memories…  Walter Cronkite in April 1968 reporting on the death of Martin Luther King, Jr.   And then his reporting on the war in Vietnam for and then later against.  It’s amazing how these two early childhood memories have shaped who I am–a lover of history, an avid fan of the music of the ’60s, and a believer that, ultimately, peace will triumph over war and evil.

President Obama captured the feeling, the memory so many of us have:  “His rich baritone reached millions of living rooms every night, and in an industry of icons, Walter set the standard by which all others have been judged…But Walter was always more than just an anchor.  He was family.  He invited us to believe in him, and he never let us down.”

In Michael Jackson, we lost a star.

In Walter Cronkite, we lost a hero.

And that’s the way it is…

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