Cronkite: my little link
East Texas , though. He was better known as the CBS anchorman who broke the world-wide news of President Kennedy’s assassination in downtown Dallas on Nov.22, 1963, but his very first assignment as a news correspondent was in New London , Texas for a school explosion in 1937. History tells us the New London School explosion occurred on March 18, 1937, when a natural gas leak caused an explosion, destroying the . The disaster killed in excess of 295 students and teachers, making it the worst catastrophe to take place in a U.S. school building. was a legend as a TV voice, a great newscaster. He passed away late last week. I bet you didn’t know he got his start in
As the story goes, Cronkite arrived late and had to get his information from a little-known Longview reporter named Ed Leach, who later became Editor-in-Chief of the Longview News. Well, Ed was my very first boss at Longview . He didn’t tell me the story, but his son, Ted, did. And Ted later became one of my best friends.
I never met Walter Cronkite, but “THAT’S the way it is.”