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By: palmettobug53 , 2:14 AM GMT on July 12, 2009
The nation's Uncle Walter is gone. I had posted in comments a couple of weeks ago, that there were rumors of his impending death; that his health had taken a turn for the worse. Family spokesmen denied this, saying that he had been sick but that he was home and doing well.
I grew up watching Uncle Walter on TV. His tearful delivery of the news of President Kennedy's death and his joy at announcing that man had now walked on the moon are indelibly engraved in my memory. And who can forget his signature sign off every evening? "And that's the way it is." His reporting from Vietnam and other areas of the world are a far cry from today's blow-dried, talking heads, many of whom are not, nor ever have been, hard core reporters of Cronkite's ilk. So much of today's morning and evening "news" shows have turned into sound bite entertainment, as if the public is too slow, too stupid or doesn't have the attention span for serious, in-depth news.
Even though he has not been a regular on TV in quite some time, he's never been too far from my thoughts and I'll miss him. I wound up sitting up last night until after midnight, watching retrospectives of his life on TV.
Happy sailing, Uncle Walter!
Walter Cronkite, Wikipedia
Art Buchwald on Walter Cronkite, from his 1981 essay
New York Times
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Last month, we lost a national treasure, Philip Simmons. We Charlestonians were, and are, inordinately proud of Mr. Simmons. He was a true artist whose work graces dozens of residences and buildings here in the Lowcountry. His work is in museums ranging from the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia SC to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.
Mr. Simmons apprenticed himself at age 13, to a former slave and ironworker, Peter Simmons. His career spanned 77 years and went from making horseshoes and everyday practical items to decorative gates, window grills and other artistic pieces.
Even after he laid down his hammer, he still oversaw the work at his forge, designing pieces that were then made by his cousin, Ronnie Pringle, and his nephew, Carlton Simmons. His work and artistry will continue.
You can view a lot of his work on Google Images just by searching with his name.
Artist In Iron Dies from the Post and Courier.
The Philip Simmons Foundation
Philip Simmons From the University of South Carolina-Aiken.
Remembering a Master A blog for Drayton Hall.
Pluff Mud Love
Excerpts from Simmon's book, Charleston Blacksmith You might have to click on the image to get it started.
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