Naw , I was older than that , he was still on when I was a teen ( about the same time we almost ran over Lee Marvin in Tucson , but thats another story ). But for a long time , he was the only news caster I knew , as my parents watched him every day . In the days of B&W TV , with only four channels . He may have retired when I was young , but his journalistic ethics , and code , made him an icon for generations that never were able to watch him , sort of like Vic Morrow before him . I have listened to some of his broadcasts from London , while the Germans were bombing it . Before my time , but interesting none the less . As far as I know , Cronkite only gave ONE personal opinion on the air , it was about the futility of the Vietnam war . Another thing for anybody that chooses to listen to the old time news casters , is notice how they had a much better command of the English language than anybody today .