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Friday, July 17, 2009

Walter Cronkite passes away at 92

Walter Cronkite, one of America's most trusted men, died today at the age of 92. In addition to his storied career as the nations preeminent newsman, Cronkite had several ties to Walt Disney World.

The most notable connection between Cronkite and Disney was Cronkite's narration of Spaceship Earth from 1986-1994. Cronkite took over for Lawrence Dobkin in 1986 and was replaced by Jeremy Irons in 1994.

Cronkite also could be found providing the introduction and conclusion to the holiday-themed version of Illuminations beginning in 1994.

Cronkite teamed up with Robin Williams on the "Back to Neverland" film that ran at the Disney-MGM Studios from the park's opening in 1989 until 2003.

Cronkite was a great storyteller and his legacy will live on. I would like to express my sympathies to the Cronkite family and to the CBS News team for their loss.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I wonder if they will leave his narration in the Holiday version of Illuminations. Thanks for all the other ties. Wasnt aware of some of them.