That's The Way It Was

I have a confession to make.

I didn’t watch Walter Cronkite every night.  I watched Huntley and Brinkley.

Walter was my man on space missions that’s for sure.  But, every night?

Huntley and Brinkley.

I had a little ‘thing” for Mr. Huntley, in fact.  One time I dreamt about him. O, yes, I did ladies!

The dream:  I was sitting in between Chet and David (ahem) on a flight to LA from Boston.

It involved cocktails, I remember.  Many cocktails.  And, Lucky Strike cigarettes.  Lots of smoke swirling around our heads.  (Did Chet Huntley smoke on air during his broadcasts?  Seriously, I think he did.)

Suddenly, David was gone and it was just me and Chet, smoozin’ and smokin’ across the Continental Divide.

(If I’m ever asked about this, I’m denying it outright, OK.  So don’t ask for details)

I don’t think Walter Cronkite inspired those kind of dreams in women but I could be wrong.

©Pat Coakley 2009

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5 comments on “That's The Way It Was”

  1. Love the photo, it looks like an aerial photo of a dried river running through an ash wasteland. Or perhaps a close up of lung cells ruined by smoking.

    Ash-fault vandalism

  2. lung cells ruined by smoking! Love it, Razz. So witty, you! It’s asphalt in a deserted parking lot, as you may have figured out. Another single for a reason obsession.

  3. “[Walter] was a man of integrity at a time when we needed it. At a time when we still need it. A man, a legacy of someone who believes in the first amendment as being one of the prime directives of democracy, but also of civilization. The idea of speaking out, and speaking directly.” – Robin Williams

    “I just want to begin by saying to Roosevelt E. Roosevelt, what it is, what it shall be, what it was. The weather out there today is hot and shitty with continued hot and shitty in the afternoon. Tomorrow a chance of continued crappy with a pissy weather front coming down from the north. Basically, it’s hotter than a snake’s ass in a wagon rut.” – Robin Williams imitating Walter Cronkite (“Good Morning, Vietnam”)

  4. We do live in alternate universes, Chris. I loved Huntley Brinkley and can’t stand Robin Williams!

  5. 21st century heiroglyphs. Let’s send this photo to the experts to find out what they mean… maybe they’ll even interpret your dream, with a little more detail! (of course, my guess is you don’t need any interpretation!)
    I always liked Cronkite, and he was a sailor, too.


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