Saturday, July 18, 2009

The Passing of an Icon - Walter Cronkite

You know as people get older the end will eventually come, but some how it still takes us a by surprise.

Yesterday, News Icon Walter Cronkite passed away - I was fortunate enough to have known him briefly and to have had him champion my career. One of his kindest gestures toward me was a letter he sent to my station after our first interview.

People have asked me about what he wrote and such - but I figure the best way to share it with those of you interested is to simply post it here...

So sad to see him leave us - but so thankful for the legacy he left behind!


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January 18, 1999

Houston Public Television
KUHT - Channel 8
4513 Cullen Boulevard
Houston, TX 77004

Dear Channel 8:

Thank you for the opportunity to share stories of my life and book, “A Reporters Life”, on your program, WEEKNIGHT EDITION.

I had been looking forward to meeting and being interviewed by Host, Ernie Manouse -- an experience my daughter, Kathy, had previously enjoyed. He proved to be a gifted and extremely talented interviewer, with an understanding of my life and stories that lead to a very human and heartfelt interview.

Well into the book tour, he was the first to ask me about the whispering Jackie Kennedy story. I was surprised that others hadn’t asked, but Ernie was prepared and ready, realizing the visual impact that particular story would have for his viewers. His intellect, charm and charisma make for television that is informative and entertaining.

I was so impressed by this young man that after the interview I told my escort that Ernie was among the best interviewers I have ever experienced. Based on his ability, I believe his future success is assured.

It is always a delight for me to spend time with the current generation of journalists, and especially rewarding to meet one, such as Ernie. In the course of conducting a superb interview, he conveys his talent, humor, intelligence, compassion, understanding and wit.

Again, it was a pleasure. I look forward to the opportunity for a future conversation with Ernie.


Walter Cronkite

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