Monday, July 20, 2009

The Eagle Has Landed!!!!

Forty years ago today, the first man walked on a surface other than the moon. Neil Armstrong with the words "that's one small step for man, that's one giant leap for mankind," fulfilled President Kennedy's promise of putting a man on the moon before the decade was over.

In a period in our history where we had Vietnam on one end and a crisis to become known as Watergate in the near future, the golden age of our space program was on display for the world to see.

One of NASA's and the space program's biggest cheerleaders was a man named Walter Conkrite who passed away Friday at the age of 92. Like the space program Conkrite was a pioneer in his business and became known as the first anchorman.

Lulac had a great story with some local input in Cronkite.

The big story with the passing of Conkrite is Conkrite's American and where it has gone. For 19 years he was in the anchor's desk at CBS from 1962 to March 6th, 1981. The evening news was part of the American fabric of life. Your house was defined as an ABC, NBC, or CBS household. With less channels, no internet or cell phones, America was more informed and we were better citizens for it.

Cronkite's greatest moment was perhaps coming and after a trip to Vietnam said the war was a stalemate and could not be won on the battlefield. Probably no one outside of government will ever shape foreign policy the way Conkrite did that evening.

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