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October 24, 2010 | By Jay Jones, Special to the Los Angeles Times
"Hello, I'm Walter Cronkite. " The stentorian voice booms from an oversize replica of an early console television. To viewers older than 40, the image on the screen is familiar, though more distant with the passing of years. Younger observers appear curious or bemused, or both. In quick succession, the TV images highlight some of the biggest events of the 20th century. The coverage of the assassination of President Kennedy appears in black and white. Later images from political conventions and Vietnam are in color, before a return to fuzzy, black-and-white footage of Neil Armstrong setting foot on the moon.
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November 20, 2013 | By David Horsey
A half-century ago, John F. Kennedy, Walter Cronkite and Marilyn Monroe were celebrities in their own spheres, but they stayed in their spheres. JFK never tried to be anything but a political figure, Cronkite never strayed from journalism and Marilyn was a movie star, not a pundit or a politician. A great deal has changed since then. Now, in a time when Sarah Palin has been a vice presidential candidate, a commentator on Fox News and host of her own reality TV show, the walls that used to divide politics, journalism and entertainment have a lot of swinging doors.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 18, 2009 | Robert Lloyd, Television Critic
For many who grew up in the 1960s and '70s, Walter Cronkite was the voice of unfolding history. On the "CBS Evening News" and on the spot, his eloquent mediation of the great events of an age almost pathologically overflowing with them was essential to the way those events were understood. Even when he was temporarily at a loss for words -- his tears at the death of John F. Kennedy, his inarticulate glee at the moon landing ("Whew, boy!") -- he somehow spoke for the nation he spoke to.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 31, 2013 | By Gary Goldstein
Highlights of John F. Kennedy's presidency, the events surrounding his assassination in 1963, and how the reporter who would become "the most trusted man in America" - CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite - broke the devastating news of JFK's death are all grippingly detailed in the documentary "One PM Central Standard Time. " One of many films and TV specials timed to coincide with this month's 50th anniversary of Kennedy's death, this deftly assembled piece, from producer-director Alastair Layzell, builds a solid head of steam as it goes, effectively recapturing the shock and urgency of one of our nation's darkest days.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 2009 | Valerie J. Nelson
Walter Cronkite, the television newsman whose steady baritone informed, reassured and guided the nation during the tumultuous 1960s and '70s and who was still regarded as "the most trusted man in America" years after leaving his CBS anchor chair, has died. He was 92. Cronkite died Friday at his home in New York after a long illness, according to CBS Vice President Linda Mason.
NEWS
December 29, 1996 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He is the most trusted man in TV news, known and loved as "Uncle Walter." Now Walter Cronkite tells it the way it was on the new eight-part Discovery Channel series "Cronkite Remembers," beginning Thursday.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 6, 2003 | DAVID SHAW
Walter Cronkite, "the most trusted man in America" back when Americans actually trusted anyone in public life, is going back to work next month. At age 86. As a syndicated newspaper columnist. "I don't think there's been such a critical moment in the history of our country and indeed the world as there is right now," Cronkite said by phone last week, "and I can't stand aside when I have a thought or two that might be interesting and possibly even helpful." Cronkite may be kidding himself.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 13, 1988 | JAY SHARBUTT
Former anchorman Walter Cronkite will take an $850,000 cut in his annual CBS pay next fall as part of a new contract that he said Tuesday frees him to work elsewhere as a correspondent. The 71-year-old newsman said he is considering several offers but declined to say whether any are from NBC or ABC. "I don't think I'm free to talk about that yet," said Cronkite, who has been with CBS News since 1950 and was its anchorman for 19 years.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 10, 1988 | TERRY ATKINSON
The third episode of "Walter Cronkite at Large" (Saturday at 10 p.m. on CBS Channels 2 and 8) could just as well have been called "One on the Town." It has a lazy, travelogue feeling in two of its three main segments--and the exception, an initial piece on the environment, is just as lifeless.
BUSINESS
June 17, 1986 | Associated Press
Amway, the billion-dollar empire built with an army of neighborhood soap peddlers, is putting some industrial-strength polish on its tarnished image. The direct-sales giant has a new theme, "The Company We Keep," to reflect its affiliations with celebrities such as former CBS news anchorman Walter Cronkite and with such companies as MCI Telecommunications and General Electric.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 21, 2013 | By Joe Flint
A new distribution platform is emerging and no one knows what to make of it. The established players are wary of it and see it as more foe than friend. Others are afraid of losing their shirt by investing in it. Sound familiar? But this isn't the Internet. This was cable television in the early 1980s. Back then there were only a handful of networks and few were talking about 500 channels full of original content. "It was an unproven business, investors were not convinced that cable programming was a good investment," said John Hendricks, founder of Discovery Communications.
BUSINESS
July 20, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
On July 20, 1969, millions of people around the world gathered in front of black-and-white television sets to see the unbelievable -- the first man walking on the moon. Forty-three years later, Jason Kottke, the guy behind the blog Kottke.org, invites you to gather around your computers and watch the exact same broadcast in a live online event. He has created a Web page where you can see the original CBS News coverage of the event, complete with Walter Cronkite reporting and an old television frame to heighten the nostalgic experience.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 24, 2012 | By Wendy Smith, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Cronkite Douglas Brinkley Harper: 820 pp., $34.99 Walter Cronkite was not inclined to introspection, and historian Douglas Brinkley emulates his subject in this thorough biography of the news broadcaster who in 1972 was declared "The Most Trusted Man in America. " Brinkley's lengthy narrative spends as much time on Cronkite's stints as a paperboy as on his father's alcoholism and his parents' divorce. The author seems more interested in the ins and outs of Cronkite's strained professional relationship with Dan Rather than in his 65-year marriage - though smart, sardonic Betsy Cronkite gets her due as the woman who could cut Walter down to size.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 8, 2012 | Ed Stockly
Click here to download TV listings for the week of June 10 - 16 in PDF format TV listings for the week of June 10 - 16 in PDF format are also available here This week's TV Movies SATURDAY Good Morning America (N) 7 a.m. KABC Piers Morgan Tonight 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. CNN McLaughlin Group (N) 6:30 p.m. KCET Today Customer service; talking to doctors; summer travel. (N) 4 a.m. KNBC SUNDAY Good Morning America (N)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2012 | Myrna Oliver and Valerie J. Nelson
As the self-described "black hat" of television's premier newsmagazine "60 Minutes," Mike Wallace crafted a persona of a probing reporter known for his often caustic questioning of sometimes reluctant guests on the program. Beginning in 1968, as one of the first hosts of the enduringly popular news show, he circled the globe, displaying his charm and wit and asking sometimes barbed, always penetrating questions of kings and presidents, business magnates and bureaucrats, entertainers and cultural personalities.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2012 | James Rainey
From the vintage globe projected behind the anchor desk to the Cronkite-era producers mixing it up at story meetings to the no-frills reports that fill 21 minutes and 16 seconds each weeknight, the "CBS Evening News" has made a determined effort to bring newsy back. A shift that began in the latter months of Katie Couric's five-year run has accelerated and taken on a new fervor in the last nine months since the ascension of Scott Pelley to the anchor's chair. When Pelley took the seat once occupied by Walter Cronkite last June, it represented a return to form at CBS News -- giving perhaps the network's most visible platform not to a celebrity host but to a longtime reporter best known for his work on "60 Minutes" and for dozens of forays to Iraq, Afghanistan and other world hot spots.
OPINION
July 21, 2009
Re "Walter Cronkite, 1916-2009: A voice the nation trusted," Obituary, July 18 In addition to being the "most respected and recognizable media figure of his era," Walter Cronkite was one of the most humble and down-to-earth. In 1993, students in my history class conducted a telephone interview with Cronkite regarding his views on the war in Vietnam. He fully and respectfully addressed all their questions.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 24, 2012 | By Wendy Smith, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Cronkite Douglas Brinkley Harper: 820 pp., $34.99 Walter Cronkite was not inclined to introspection, and historian Douglas Brinkley emulates his subject in this thorough biography of the news broadcaster who in 1972 was declared "The Most Trusted Man in America. " Brinkley's lengthy narrative spends as much time on Cronkite's stints as a paperboy as on his father's alcoholism and his parents' divorce. The author seems more interested in the ins and outs of Cronkite's strained professional relationship with Dan Rather than in his 65-year marriage - though smart, sardonic Betsy Cronkite gets her due as the woman who could cut Walter down to size.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2012
Jay McMullen Investigative reporter for CBS Jay McMullen, 90, an award-winning investigative reporter for CBS who was among the first to go undercover and use hidden cameras to produce documentaries on such topics as drug buying and gambling, died of natural causes Saturday at a hospice in Greenwich, Conn., said Anne McMullen, one of his two daughters. McMullen spent all but two years of his 37-year career at CBS, where he worked with Edward R. Murrow, Walter Cronkite and others on radio and television documentaries, the network said in a statement.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 28, 2011 | By Scott Collins, Los Angeles Times
After 33 years of piquant and sometimes irascible commentary, 92-year-old Andy Rooney will surrender his regular gig on CBS' legendary newsmagazine "60 Minutes" this weekend. Rooney will sign off with a final piece — his 1,097th — on Sunday's program, preceded by a retrospective segment on his career with longtime colleague Morley Safer, the network said in a news release Tuesday. FOR THE RECORD: A headline on this article says Andy Rooney is 93 years old. He is 92. In addition to his own often attention-grabbing views — he once scolded those who mourned the 1994 suicide of Kurt Cobain by saying he'd never even heard of the Nirvana frontman before then — the beetle-browed Rooney is one of the last on-air links to the glory days of CBS News, when "60 Minutes" regularly topped the ratings and anchorman Walter Cronkite was dubbed "the most trusted man in America.
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