Phoenix has become one of my favorite places over the past few years.
Despite its obvious lack of an ocean (It’s lake kayaking for me!) it has the weather and the lifestyle many Easterners crave.
You’re familiar with college towns; Wellesley itself is home to 3 colleges, but when you travel to Arizona you learn that it is a college STATE!
The University of Arizona in Tucson certainly has an impressive reputation, but it is Arizona State University, affectionately known as ASU that is woven into the very fabric of this southwestern state.
It seems that anything and everything has an ASU connection.
And ASU has a very special connection to ‘America’s Most Trusted Man in America,’ Walter Cronkite.
Part of Cronkite’s legacy is the ‘Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication‘ at ASU.
This was not an association in name only. Over the past 25 years Cronkite helped shape the journalism program, mentored the school and its students, and was a great friend to all those associated with the School of Journalism.
The Valley has lost a member of the family, and as such the coverage of Cronkite’s death is very personal in Arizona, and as such I thought you might like to read some of the reporting of his passing on azcentral.com.
During a visit in 1984, Cronkite gave a few onlookers the slip.
"He was checking into the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa, and several women in their 70s or 80s were gathered, waiting for their cars.
“All of a sudden, he said, ‘Let’s go,’ ” Shover said. “And we started running to hide.
“I said, ‘What’s the matter?’ And he said, ‘Those are my groupies.’ “
- Arizona Republic
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