Walter Cronkite . . .

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Walter Cronkite . . .

"The Most Trusted Man in America"

headshot of broadcast journalist Walter CronkitePlease join us for a special one-man show titled, "Walter Cronkiite: 'The Most Trusted Man in America,'" to be held Wednesday, July 31, at 7 p.m. in the large meeting room on the second floor, written and performed by local actor-performer Dwane Starlin.

American broadcast journalist Cronkite (1916-2009) is best known as anchorman for the CBS Evening News for 19 years (1962-1981). During the heydey of the news in the 1960s and 1970s, he was often cited as "the most trusted man in America" after being so named in an opinion poll.

Cronkite reported many events from 1937 to 1981, including World War II bombings, the Nuremberg trials, combat in the Vietnam War, Watergate, the Iran Hostage Crisis, and the murders of President John F. Kennedy, civil rights pioneer Martin Luther King Jr., and Beatles musician John Lennon. He also is known for his extensive coverage of the U.S. space program, from Project Mercury to the Moon landings to the Space Shuttle. He is the only non-NASA recipient of a Moon-rock award.

Cronkite is remembered for his departing catchphrase, "And that's the way it is," followed by the date on which the appearance aired.

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Headshot of local actor-performer Dwane StarlinDwane Starlin, a native of Colorado, has lived in the D.C. area almost 30 years. He is an actor-performer who specializes in historical characterizations, as well as a professional, licensed tour guide. He currently works for the Smithsonian's Natural History Museum portraying Joseph Henry, the first Secretary of the Smithsonian. Other historical portrayals include Clarence Darrow, Mark Twain, and John Philip Sousa. 

He is a member of the Guild of Professional Tour Guides of Washington, D.C. A professional musician/trumpeter, he also is a member of Bugles Across America, which performs at various military and civilian ceremonies throughout the Atlantic seaboard.