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A TRIBUTE TO WALTER CRONKITE

My Time with Uncle Walter
by Ken Simon    

Photos by Steve Friedman

CLIP FROM CONNECTICUT & THE SEA

 

In 2000, I had the pleasure to work with Walter Cronkite on my documentary Connecticut & the Sea.  An avid sailor and trustee of Mystic Seaport, Cronkite reviewed my script for the program and graciously agreed to do the voiceover narration and the on-camera intro and outro for the show -- at no charge!

It was a heady combination of fun and pressure as I wrote the copy, reading the narration out loud in my best Cronkite-like cadence.  He asked to see the copy prior to the record session. I was delighted when he called to say that he liked it and everything was a go.

Me, Cronkite and the crew in his office.

When my crew and I arrived at the audio recording studio in New York City, Cronkite had just finished doing voiceovers for an ESPN series and seemed tired.  But he greeted us warmly and after some chatting we got to work on recording the 69 voiceovers. Thatís a significant workload for anyone, especially for an 83-year-old who had just spent hours on another project.

Nevertheless, he nailed it on the first take of just about all the voiceovers, putting his distinctive spin on the read. He made a few last-minute copy changes, taking care to check with me prior to making them. 

Preparing for the shoot.

Then it was off to his CBS office for the on-camera shoot. While we set up our equipment, Cronkite excused himself to take a nap.

What a treat during our hour setup to have the opportunity to examine the impressive career mementos displayed in his office -- NASA things, Presidential stuff -- it was all very cool.

We went to lunch and when we came back, Cronkite was ready. He sat down, looked at the camera teleprompter, asked a few questions, took some direction, and worked his magic.

A career highlight for one of us.

Throughout the entire process, Cronkite was a true gentleman, expressing a warm and friendly attitude toward me and my crew.

To write his copy and direct him was the highlight of my television career. To observe him close-up as he worked was very, very special.

Thank you again, Uncle Walter.

Click here for the transcript of Connecticut and the Sea.

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For an advance look of what our series Natural Home Living is about,  check out the Natural Home magazine site.

THE SOLAR SOLUTION

Mother Earth News Contributing Editor Steve Heckeroth explains why solar energy is the solution to our fossil-fueled crisis.

THE WONDER OF WIND

Another recent Mother article artfully argues for windmills and wind farms as a "higher order of beauty" that can provide a significant percentage of our electricity.

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Why and how business can profit with strategic environmental thinking  is the topic  of "Green to Gold," by eco-consultants Daniel Esty and Andrew Winston.

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TerraChoice has published a list of the top six sins of greenwashing, which is what companies do when they mislead consumers regarding their environmental practices.

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