Walter Cronkite, who died this weekend at the age of 92, is considered a legend by many different kinds of people. To those who attended the University of Texas, and to those who worked at the school paper The Daily Texan, he was especially beloved. Cronkite was a veteran of both organizations, and I remember when the Texan celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1999, Cronkite’s presence at the celebration was like having a rock star return to the clubs where he got his start. Cronkite attended the events along with fellow Daily Texan alums like Lady Bird Johnson, Bill Moyers, and Robert Rodriguez.
I felt lucky to be working at the Texan myself, when this anniversary transpired. About those years as a staff reporter for the large student paper, Cronkite was quoted saying “It was a very happy time in my life. I had too good a time.” Amen to that. I can only hope that the rest of us who passed through those doors of The Daily Texan newsroom (which also included, during my time in the Entertainment department: Variety reporter Peter Debruge, Fox Searchlight publicity VP Barry Dale Johnson, and IFC News writer Stephen Saito) can go on to lead half the amazing life and career that he did.