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Former CBS news anchor Walter Cronkite has passed away at 92. Although Cronkite was primarily known for his coverage of the JFK assassination, moon landing and the Vietnam war, he also enjoyed success in endurance racing with teammate and Volvo of Long Island dealer Art Riley.

When Riley died earlier this year at 93, his obit briefly mentions Cronkite's involvement with the team and its successes behind the wheel of a Volvo PV444. The team campaigned and won races at Lime Rock's "Little LeMans" in 1957, '58 and '61. Cronkite was the only finisher in a five-car team one year, taking a B-division win and placing third overall. The two also teamed up to compete in the Trans-Canada rally.

You can read Riley's full obit here, a look back on Cronkite's life here, and thanks to Mike Spinelli for bringing this little historical footnote to our attention.

[Source: RRDC | Images: Wikimedia; Evan Agostini/Getty]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      RIP
      • 5 Years Ago
      Cronkite had some friends in my town, specifically at the yacht club in town. i remember him driving into the club in the early-mid '60s with a Triumph TR2 (or 3) and a pipe. Cronkite and that little British sportscar equalled entry everywhere he wanted to go. great man! i've worked in journalism most of my life and he was one of those Mt. Rushmore types of individuals the world has been lucky to have.
      • 5 Years Ago
      And thats the way it is, Friday, July 17, 2009.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder if he pressed the up or the down button on the post mortem elevator?

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqTwce_ZLDw

      He was an elitist shill, manipulating the group mind by focusing the news away from matters of great importance to the progression of individual liberty.

      So RIP Walter, but you won't be missed...
        • 5 Years Ago
        You need to wake up to the political if you're to understand and survive the coming years. Things are going to get very hard pretty quickly, and it's because of the people who were pulling the strings on people like Walter Cronkite. In all his career how many times did he mention the FED was a privately owned corporation?

        He sold you out. I don't care if he was a car guy. Hitler had a nice Benz, but he was still Hitler and Cronkite, despite the overwhelming popular opinion about him was not what he's pictured to be. He knew america was being sold out to elitist interest groups and he did nothing and said nothing. As the video showed he actually endorsed it.

        Wake up is all I ask. I don't ask to be missed, if anything I cultivate my relative anonymity.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I just can't get over all the politico *#$& on this page.

        The guy was a stand up guy and a car guy. He will be missed.

        You on the other hand, not so much.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Maybe we can stop talking about MJ now.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am old enough to remember his moving report that President Kennedy had died. He took off his black-rimmed glasses and wiped away a tear. I also remember another broadcast -- the landing of the first humans on the moon. He was as excited and inarticulate as a schooboy. And with good reason.

      But. But, as the years wore on, he became the godfather of advocacy journalism. Eventually he would be the guest at the Italian home of well-known geo-political analyst, George Clooney. If only a few million viewers bother with CBS News (or ABC News or NBC Nightly News), it is because his acolytes have turned journalism into a slick spectacle producing only wariness in its observers. A profession now just short of the career of John Callendar -- the newspaper publisher bought and paid for by Thomas Jefferson. So today, a Supreme Court nominee is described in USA Today as skillful and charming as she parries with mean men asking hard questions about the very nature and future of rule of law in this country. As for the President -- they don't cover him; they cover for him. There are few things as sad as greatness self-denied. Who watches the watchmen indeed. Walter Cronkite. RIP.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @TheHit: "Bravo, never a moment inappropiate to inject politicism, not even to celebrate the life of a man."

        Funny, since the latter half of the man's life _was_ political advocacy (and I think we can agree now that, in retrospect, his later reporting was the same thing, albeit cloaked in "journalism") but somehow that is off limits.

        It's always entertaining to see the naive rewrite history.

        • 5 Years Ago
        And what respect do you have for the millions of dead Vietnamese and Cambodians who died as a result of Cronkite's dissembling on the Tet offensive?

        If this was, let's say, Rush Limbaugh or some other prominent conservative commentator who died, would you also say that people should not speak ill of the dead or inject politics into the discussion?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Bravo, never a moment inappropiate to inject politicism, not even to celebrate the life of a man.

        Some respect you have...

        RIP, Mr. Cronkite. Honestly, I never knew ye but I hope your life benefits future generations to the fullest. Losing a fellow auto enthusiast is sad indeed.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Can't say that I agree with his politics, but a car guy is a car guy.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is about his skill in piloting an old Volvo on the racetrack, please spare us the political B.S. for a political forum. We've heard it all ad nauseam before. I race a more "modern" 1964 Volvo PV 544 in vintage and to make these cars go fast, as he was able to do, requires a lot of skill and concentration. The dated suspension, high center of gravity and aerodynamics of a construction brick makes the car a total handful. I'm sure when Walter was racing the car back in the 50's it didn't have the luxury of the great race tires we get to use in today's vintage racing.

      So my hat (er...helmet) is off to him purely for his racing prowess and the fact that he is an early and important part of the American road racing scene.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Having studied many famous journalists and anchormen, including Mr. Cronkite, this really saddens me.

      I recall reading about his last official broadcast as a CBS anchorman. He said something about people making too big of a deal about his departure. At this point, I feel okay making a bigger deal about this departure.

      And that's the way it is.
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