Friday, May 14, 2010

And that's the way it is...

Univ. of Texas exhibit showcases Cronkite career

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Walter Cronkite covered the birth of space exploration, John F. Kennedy's assassination and Watergate.

Yet the reporter and television news anchor once known as the "Most Trusted Man in America" never forgot his roots. Shortly after he died last year at age 92, a search of his work desk turned up a neatly folded canvas shoulder bag used for delivering Liberty magazine, which Cronkite sold door-to-door as a child.

"He was a newspaper man at heart," said Don Carleton, curator of the new exhibit "Cronkite: Eyewitness to a Century," which opens Saturday at the LBJ presidential library at the University of Texas.

Carleton believes the bag may be the one Cronkite used to deliver the 5-cent magazine when he was 8 or 9 years old, earning half-a-penny per paper at the start of what would become one of America's most famous journalism careers.

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