Losing Words, Lost Voices

A couple of losses to the literary world this week:

Walter Cronkite, CBS news anchor and the “father of television news”, died Friday at the age of 92.

Covering everything from President Kennedy’s assassination to the Vietnam War, Watergate, and the space program, Cronkite’s two-decade stint on the CBS Evening News earned him the name “the most trusted man in America.” Read the full story here. As an advocate of credible journalism and non-bias, Cronkite’s voice (and his words) will be missed.

Sunday, Frank McCourt, Irish author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Angela’s Ashes, died at the age of 78.

McCourt’s book was based on his personal history of his childhood in Ireland. Even in the midst of alcoholism, McCourt worked to overcome anger and bitterness in his own life, a trait that also characterizes his writing. Read the full story here.


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