A Texas exhibit on the life and times of late TV newsman Walter Cronkite
An exhibit chronicling the life and times of the late TV newsman Walter Cronkite is at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library at the University of Texas in Austin.
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In Pictures Walter Cronkite
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Much of the archive already had been donated to the Briscoe Center, but Cronkite's will instructed relatives to search his home for other items. His son Chip found his father's war correspondent uniform from World War II buried deep in a closet.
Film clips include Walter Cronkite's famous newscast of the 1963 Kennedy assassination when Cronkite announced the president had died, then paused several seconds to compose himself before continuing with the news.
The Kennedy assassination marks the beginning of the most powerful sequence that runs from the early 1960s to Cronkite's reporting from Vietnam and on the Watergate break-in that would ultimately led to President Richard Nixon's resignation.
Mounted behind glass is Cronkite's application to NASA to be the first journalist in space, a concept scuttled after the Challenger disaster in 1986 that killed the crew and school teacher Christa McAuliffe.
Not getting to space, "was one of his great disappointments in life," Carleton said.