Trivia Question for March 6, 2014 – Walter Cronkite

Walter CronkiteOn this date in history…  After 19 years of anchoring the CBS Evening News, Walter Cronkite signed off for the last time on this date and was replaced by Dan Rather.

QUESTION:

How many years ago did Walter Cronkite retire as anchor of the CBS Evening News?

ANSWER:

33 years

EXPLANATION:

Walter Cronkite had a long career as a broadcast journalist.  He covered all the major events of the day including World War II, the Nuremberg Trials, combat in Vietnam, Watergate, the Iran Hostage Crisis, and the assassination of President John F, Kennedy.  He was also known for his extensive coverage of the U.S. space program from Project Mercury to the Moon landings to the Space Shuttle. During that time “Uncle Walter” as he was affectionately known, was named by one opinion poll as “the most trusted man in America.”

He began anchoring the CBS Evening News in 1962 and signed off for the last time on March 6, 1981, 33 years ago.

Cronkite died in 2009 at his home in New York City at the age of 92.

By the way, Walter Cronkite held the Amateur Radio call KB2GSD, obtaining his ham license after he retired from CBS news, primarily to have another form of communication while on his sailboat.

NET CHECK IN’S:

Tonight we had 30 people check in to the Net and of those, 6 had the correct answer to the Trivia Question.  Congratulations to:

  • Brad – N6GTC
  • John – KD6JEV
  • Mark, W6MWL
  • Leon – AF6TT
  • Louie – AD6UP
  • Murray – WA6USL

And a big thank you to eveyone who checked into the Net tonight.

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