“The least of us is improved by the things done by the best of us, because if we are not able to land at least we are able to follow." – Walter Cronkite, American Broadcast Journalist
38 years ago today, American broadcast journalist Walter Cronkite signed off for the final time as lead anchor of the CBS Evening News, bidding farewell to viewers with a modest and brief goodbye that was free of fanfare -- and one final use of his iconic sign-off line, “That’s the way it is”. Cronkite mentioned “this is but a transition, a passing of the baton” to new lead anchor Dan Rather before thanking his entire team of producers, editors, and writers. Cronkite was a mainstay in households for decades, covering everything from Watergate to the Civil Rights movement. Known as the “most trusted man in America”, Cronkite’s influence on journalism is enduring – and that’s the way it is.