or the times I saw Walter Cronkite almost cry
USA Today has a generational quiz on their site that is a lot of fun. It guesses when you were born based on your memories of important news stories, fashions, TV shows and toys you remember from growing up.
I thought about that today on the anniversary of JFK’s death. I was 9 at the time and it was a defining moment for me and many in my generation. When we visited the JFK Library last year there was an area devoted to his death that showed Walter Cronkite announcing his death.
At the end of the clip comes the official announcement. Walter is visibly shaken and takes a few seconds to compose himself before he continues reporting the news. He reflected the reaction of all of us to the news – shock, sadness and disbelief.
The only other time I remember Walter getting so emotional was when the Eagle landed on the moon July 20, 1969. He was an unabashed fan of the space program and he choked back tears of joy on that day.
What was your defining generational moment?