Walter Cronkite was the most trusted man in America in his day.  Today nobody named Walter could get a job on TV and no one with a mustache like that would be employed.  I don't know if you have noticed, but the science departments around the country are graduating only gorgeous babes with degrees in meteorology.  Anyway...  Cronkite's iconic moment came at the end of all of his broadcasts.  He said, "And that's the way it is."  The phrase was selected because it was flexible enough to allow Cronkite to give it different meanings depending on the story he ended his show with.  Once he showed how the guards at Bob Jones University were armed with automatic weapons and how they locked down the campus at the end of each day.  On Cronkite's CBS news, they ended that story with the gate slamming closed like a prison door and a padlock clicking shut.  Indicating that the minds of these conservatives, not just the gates of the university, were this closed, Walter said, "And that's the way it is." with the heavy emphasis on the word "that."  Ahh, the good old days when there was such a thing as the truth.


      This is one of my favorite pictures.  It was taken by Sal Veder in 1973.  Lt. Col. Robert Stirm had spent five years in a North Vietnam POW camp.  It looks happy, but on the day of his release his wife sent him a letter declaring the end of their relationship.  They were divorced a year later.  How much damage that stupid, evil war did.  Veder won the Pulitzer for this image.  He must share it with the girl, Lorrie, whose unrestrained love for her father Veder caught at exactly the right moment.  I love it that she is off the ground.  She has run so vigorously to him that she is putting on her brakes to avoid bowling him over.  Her fingers are splayed.  So sweet.  So compelling.