His was the first autobiography I ever read by choice. I have only the vaguest of memories of his time on CBS - I was eight years old when he left the anchor chair of CBS, and back then the news was probably the last thing I wanted to see.
But when I started to really watch what was going on in the world, and I started to read about the people who reported it, Walter Cronkite was the frst man I looked up to. His insight, his ability to report and distill in a way that never condescended made him one of the greatest newsmen that ever lived, and his death at the age of 92, while not entirely unexpected, is still a blow.
AICN has a series of great clips from his tenure reporting the news, and you can see the CBS obituary here.