The dignified gentleman
with the fatherly growl
was everybody’s uncle.
He saw us through conflicts
and shared our weariness with one.
He saw us through storms
both human and natual
in stern but comforting tones.
He blinked back tears
as the news from Dallas
made us weep.
Oh, but there was that summer day
in the Florida sun,
when he seemed infected with the fever
that gives little boys insomnia on Dec. 24
As the great colossus prepared
to rip away from earth,
taking men to the moon,
as the countdown approached liftoff,
The Voice of Authority became part little boy,
marveling hat a wish was coming true .
In the great voice’s body,
an awestruck youngster thrilled at
the great adventure about to unfold.
Did a part of him go into the stars
and land with the Eagle?
And that’s the way it was.
Walter Cronkite was born 100 years ago today. This tribute focuses on his reaction to the first manned landing on the moon in 1969, which he took a keen interest in.