July 17 Facts about former CBS anchorman Walter
Cronkite, who died Friday in New York at age 92.
* Cronkite was the anchor of the "CBS Evening News" from
1962 until 1981. He became so influential in the role that when
he began to question the U.S. war in Vietnam, President Lyndon
B. Johnson said, "If I've lost Cronkite, I've lost middle
* Cronkite was especially interested in the U.S. space
program and told an interviewer that Apollo 11's moon landing
was the only time he was ever left speechless. "What I said
was, 'Gosh! Wow! Gee!' -- immortal words obviously," he said.
* Before joining CBS, Cronkite covered many major battles
of World War Two for United Press. He parachuted into the
Netherlands with the 101st Airborne Division and landed with
Allied troops at Normandy as part of the D-Day Invasion.
* In an April 2006 interview with CNN, Cronkite admitted he
was a bit jealous that Katie Couric was getting about $15
million per year to take his old CBS anchor job. Cronkite said
he made less than $1 million a year in the job but that it was
a "very satisfactory salary" at the time.
* Cronkite, a college dropout, was an occasional "quiz
authority" on the game show "Two for the Money" during the
1955-56 television season.
* Cronkite's first news job was selling the Kansas City
Star newspaper. A few years later he was sports editor of his
high school newspaper in Houston.
(Reporting by Bill Trott; editing by Doina Chiacu)