March 24, 1992 |
Today's social topic is: How To Make Small Talk With Famous People. You never know when you're going to be on an elevator or in a public restroom and suddenly you realize that you're standing next to a famous person such as Walter Cronkite or the pope. When this happens, the important thing is to remain calm, act normal and make an appropriate conversational remark such as: "How about those Sacramento Kings, your Holiness?" Or: "Walter Cronkite! You're still alive?" The problem is that you can't always, on the spur of the moment, think of remarks as appropriate as these.
October 25, 1991 |
The Most Trusted Man in America doesn't want to be. "People used to come up to me and say, 'Mr. Cronkite, I believe every word you say,' " says Walter Cronkite, legendary former CBS anchor. "I wanted to shake them by the shoulders and say, 'No, no, no, for heaven's sake. Those of us in television news are just as guilty of making errors as anybody else.' " Maybe. But few of them still exude credibility by their mere presence more than a decade after leaving the spotlight of a network anchor chair - a chair, in this case, filled by the avuncular Cronkite for an unprecedented 19 years.
October 22, 1991 |
Chances are, you've seen Walter Cronkite, 75, in his post-anchorman incarnation. He was on A&E last month, talking about dinosaurs in a four-part cable TV special. His name pops up every now and then in the social columns, noting that he's attended some yachting event. He can be spotted once a year, tuxedoed, passing out the awards at a televised Kennedy Center Honors bash. Most still remember him as vaguely 60ish, silver-haired, reporting and reading the news for CBS in such trustworthy and occasionally moving tones that people routinely suggested he could run for president - and win. And this - although now with thinned white hair completely replacing the silver, and eyebrows a little more unruly than we remember - was the Cronkite who visited Philadelphia yesterday.
April 6, 1991 |
CBS Inc., citing weaker advertising revenues and the high cost of covering the gulf war, yesterday reported a 73 percent drop in profits for the first quarter and said it would cut 400 jobs in an effort to save $100 million annually. Separately, Walter Cronkite, for years the network's most public figure as CBS Evening News anchorman, announced yesterday that he was retiring from the board of directors. A spokeswoman for Cronkite said his decision was not connected to the network's layoffs and financial problems.
October 9, 1989 |
Why is this Dan standing? Because he wants to. "I feel comfortable with it," says Dan Rather of his new posture. After eight years of anchoring from the seat of his pants, Dan Rather has decided to stand up while he delivers "The CBS Evening News. " He thinks the three network newscasts look too much alike, and he likes being on his feet. Rather, managing editor as well as anchor of the top-rated newscast, taped a few sample stand-up editions last summer and liked the feeling.
November 20, 1988 |
Ella Jones has no interest in Kennedy-debunking at this moment. And she doesn't want to talk Marilyn Monroe or Mafia assassination conspiracy theories, either. Taking a break recently in the staff lunchroom at John F. Kennedy High School in Willingboro, this graceful woman in her 50s calmly rubbed at long, pearly pink nails, head down. She fluttered her eyelids and began to open a memory bank, the one marked "Kennedy assassination. " "I was cleaning upstairs and coming down the stairs with a bucket in my hand," Ella said.
January 27, 1988 |
Who was the winner of this week's great live television debate between Vice President George Bush and CBS anchorman Dan Rather? Media spokesmen and broadcast news experts were clearly taking sides yesterday in a battle that pitted the often controversial Rather against the vice president on the issue of Bush's role in the Iran-Contra affair. It was Rather who became the big story, something CBS acknowledged last night by making the topic the lead story on its "Evening News.
January 14, 1988 |
In the coolness of time, Dan Rather may well be regarded with the same awe and reverence now afforded Edward R. Murrow, founding father and patron saint of CBS News. But in the heat of the moment, Rather has become one of the most criticized, hounded and harassed newsmen in TV history, a magnet for calumny and misfortune. He's the most closely watched anchor. And the most frequently bashed. For Rather, 1987 was one Dan thing after another. But he says the worst is over, for him and for the news organization to which he is devoted.
October 13, 1987 |
As if sinking ratings and bad jokes weren't enough, Dan Rather must now take the heat from the most trusted man in TV news history: Walter Cronkite. Breaking his silence yesterday on the Great Blank of 1987, Cronkite, who Rather followed into the anchor's chair, said he would have given Rather the ax for storming off the set of the "CBS Evening News" last month and forcing the network to go black for six minutes. "I can answer that (question) in five words: I would have fired him," Cronkite told the University of Texas student newspaper, the Daily Texan.
May 8, 1987 |
I am, at the moment of writing, seated with my small typewriter at a perfect little mahogany desk below the teak deck of Walter Cronkite's 48-foot sailboat, "Wyntje. " (Yachtsmen are never satisfied with the words ordinary mortals use.) There are six of us aboard, with sleeping space for all. We are anchored in a little cove, protected from the wind and waves of open water, that is perfect in every detail. The green hills rise sharply from a short distance behind the crescent-shaped beach.