When I was visiting my alma mater The University of Oklahoma, I saw this picture of Walter interviewing an OU Sooner prior to the Oklahoma Texas football battle in 1937. Cronkite must have recently graduated from the U. of Texas and was on assignment up in Norman, as that appears to be the old Owen Field west grandstand. In those good ole days the track was still in the stadium. Of course in a few years Walter would be covering much more important battles in the European Theater of WWII and many gruelling presidential campaigns, and it was his announcement of President Kennedy's death that is most remembered. But since this is a track and field blog, and there is no record of Walter running track, I thought it would be inappropriate to mention this picture without also remembering an earlier post about a newsman who did run track. That was Howard K. Smith, not as well known as Walter Cronkite but still a fixture in the American press at the same time as Cronkite. We did have an earlier recognition of Smith and it can be found at.
|Walter Cronkite in Owen Field , Norman Oklahoma, 1937|
|Howard K. Smith, a 14.5 hurdler at Tulane in 1936|
This one last bit of Cronkite history coming from another born and bred Oklahoman, Stephen Fisher now permanent resident of Dar Es Salaam , Tanzania. A bit of worldly wisdom he heard attributed to Cronkite.