When our little family first came to New York City and CBS News from Texas in 1962, Douglas Edwards was anchor of the Evening News and had been for about 14 years. But NBC’s combination of Chet Huntley and David Brinkley had demolished Edwards’ rating dominance. CBS’s corporate leadership made the change to Cronkite shortly after our arrival.
And thus began “The Cronkite Years.”…
“Watch out for yourself and our crews down there,” he said. “You’re on a great story, just the kind of important story on which we need to be the best.”
“Yes, sir, Mr. Cronkite,” said I. For the first several months working for and with him, I never called him anything but “Mr. Cronkite.” One of his producers finally told me to stop, but doing so didn’t come naturally or easily.