Friday, July 17, 2009

R.I.P. Walter Cronkite

Well, I just heard the news. Beloved journalist and anchorman Walter Cronkite is dead at 92 years of age. Known as "the most trusted man in America", Walter would be remembered by many as a reassuring presence on TV news in turbulent times from the 1960's through the early 1980's.

But I will remember him most fondly as a presence at Walt Disney World.

Walter Cronkite replaced the original narrator of Spaceship Earth in 1986. My first experience on Spaceship Earth in 1987 featured Walter Cronkite. I will always have a place in my heart for his narration.

But that's not the only place I'll remember him at Walt Disney World. When I returned to WDW on my next trip in 1992, I enjoyed his contribution to the Magic of Disney Animation area at the Disney-MGM Studios. He played a wonderful comedic straight man to Robin William's manic improvisations in "Back to Neverland".

I still have those memories of Walter on TV and at Disney. He will be greatly missed.
Rest in Peace, Walter.


  1. I'd forgotten how great his Disney presence was (weird how many dead celebrities had Disney connections-he, MJ)
    PS-this is HedyFromTheDIS

  2. Hey there Heather! I didn't post about Michael Jackson, but I did feel the need to post about Walter Cronkite. I guess you know where my priorities are. ;)