Saturday, July 18, 2009

Newsman supreme

That's the way it was: It's interesting how languages evolve, and I found something interesting in an Associated Press story on the death of legendary newsman Walter Cronkite. Cronkite was the first TV newsman who was called an anchorman, and his influence was so great that Swedish TV anchors are called Kronkiters; in Holland, they are Cronkiters.

There are few great plaudits than that. Cronkite, known as the most trusted man in America, isn't remembered as much today, but I'll always remember him becoming teary-eyed while announcing President Kennedy's death. I was 11, and I'd never seen a TV newsman show emotion while working. That's become more common since then.

When magazines name the top 50 or top 100 TV people of all time, I'm always saddened when they put Gary Coleman on their list but leave off Walter Cronkite.

Blog to watch: You might check out Madam Mayo's Blog. It appears that she's doing a book tour.

Mrs. mess: I hate it when a woman identifies herself as Mrs. Marlene Schmoe. No, she's Mrs. Joe Schmoe and she's just Marlene Schmoe.

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