Saturday, July 18, 2009

Walter Cronkite 1916 - 2009

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Photo of the S/V Wyntje used by permission. Thanks, David !

CBS has scheduled a prime-time special, “That’s the Way it Was: Remembering Walter Cronkite,” for 7 p.m. Sunday.

Walter Cronkite's Yacht Donation Helps Troubled Teens Sail To Success

History and Highlights:

Walter Cronkite, (repeatedly voted the most trusted man in America), gave hope and his yacht to some teens who have not always been trusted. Kids from the Norfolk Marine Institute and the Tidewater Environmental Program helped bring the boat down from Annapolis and enjoyed a day of cleaning and sailing aboard Mr. Cronkite's beloved custom built yacht.


In December of 2006, Walter Cronkite's 64 ft Hinckley Sailing Yacht, Wyntje, was re-launched from Oxford Boatyard. Cronkite's vessel recieved a first-class hull paint job and rigging replacement. Walter visited the boatyard briefly to check on progress and also met with OBY employees.

Walter Cronkite was the only journalist to be voted among the top ten "most influential decision makers in America" in surveys conducted by U.S. News and World Report and also was named the "most influential person" in broadcasting. And, in a nationwide viewer opinion survey conducted as recently as 1995, more than a decade after leaving the CBS anchor desk, he again was voted "Most Trusted Man in Television News."

Vineyard recalls his love of sailing, life on the island

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