Daily Archives: July 19, 2009

Local photographer finally tours downtown Phoenix historic landmark

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Orpheum Theatre, Phoenix, AZ (Brenda Eden)

[Source: Brenda Eden] — “I’ve always wanted to take a tour of the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Phoenix and recently I finally did… The day I went for the tour, they were having a huge open house tour.  There were tour guides all over the place telling about the history of the theatre, but you could come and go and explore the whole place on your own, you didn’t have to stay with the group.

It’s so pretty on the inside. Honestly, it made me feel like I was stepping into some magnificent Disneyland ride!  It first opened in 1929 before the Great Depression. It was one of the few places that had air conditioning in the Phoenix area, so you can imagine it was pretty exciting to go there in the summer!” [Note: View more of Brenda’s photos and commentary at Local photographer finally tours downtown Phoenix historic landmark]

Death of Walter Cronkite hits home for Arizona

Walter Cronkite at 2007 groundbreaking for downtown Phoenix ASU j-school.

[Source: Boston Herald, Associated Press] — The death of legendary CBS news anchor Walter Cronkite on Friday hit close to home for students and professors at Arizona State University’s journalism school, which was named in honor of “the most trusted man in America.”

Cronkite died at age 92 at his home in New York with his family by his side after a long illness, said his longtime chief of staff, Marlene Adler.  She said the cause of death was cerebral vascular disease.  Cronkite became a staple in American homes from 1962 to 1981, when stories ranged from the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to racial and anti-war riots, Watergate and the Iranian hostage crisis.

ASU’s journalism school was named in his honor in 1984 after the owner of the CBS affiliate in Phoenix contacted Cronkite to help the program. “He put ASU journalism on the map,” Cronkite school Dean Christopher Callahan said.  “One of the things we tell students is if you can meet the values of Walter Cronkite-style journalism — accuracy, objectivity, fairness, and thoroughness in your reporting — you’re going to be pretty great.”

Cronkite was very much “Uncle Walter” to students at the school, which he visited at least once a year until recently to present the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism to successful and prominent members of the news media.  After the awards ceremony, students would crowd around Cronkite, who always obliged by signing autographs and shaking their hands.  [Note: Read the full article at Death of Walter Cronkite hits home for Arizona]