Americans growing up in the 50s and 60s had a pair of honorary uncles: Uncle Walt and Uncle Walter: the first dominated popular entertainment, the other popular journalism.
Both men - Walt Disney and Walter Cronkite - became, through the new medium of television, household names, familiar faces, essentially part of the family...
As CBS 'anchor-man' (the first journo to be given that title), Cronkite chronicled some of the greatest events in the history of his nation and the world. In doing so, he earned the trust of the common man and demonstrated the importance of qualities that are, nowadays, all too rarely associated with the journalist's craft: humanity and integrity.
It's a measure of Walter Cronkite's stature that, despite being retired for several years, his name and reputation live on in the memory of everyone - in and out of America - who ever watched one of his broadcasts.
He was, after all, quite simply an icon: and that's the way it is...