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Walter Cronkite Quotes About Love and Marriage

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Betsy and Walter Cronkite at the 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, September 21, 2003

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Walter, about losing Betsy: "Terrible, it was terrible. Even today and it's been several months now you just bring it up and I tear up a little bit, terribly. You know when you're that close that long and got along as well as we did, we seldom had any serious arguments. We might have -- might discuss which movie we wanted to see and what play we wanted to go to, where we ought to go for a vacation but that usually didn't last very long because we were much of the same mind all the time."
Source: Larry King Show

Walter, about marriage: "I attribute the longevity of our marriage to Betsy's extraordinary keen sense of humor, which saw us over many bumps (mostly of my making), and her tolerance, even support, for the uncertain schedule and wanderings of a newsman."
Source: A Reporter's Life, page 76

Walter, about meeting Betsy: "And, I immediately saw this beautiful redhead in our midst, couldn't wait to meet her. I don't know the first time in my life I was so impressed that I was speechless. ... crumpled up the paper and threw it down and said, "Who in the devil writes this stuff?" And she said, "I do." ... It wasn't exactly a great start in our romance. ... But I had to immediately apologize by taking her to lunch and I don't think we ever ate a lunch again without the other being there."
Source: Larry King Show

Walter, about falling in love in Kansas City, 8/2005: "I was attracted to Betsy at first glimpse. But as I got to know her, I found myself falling in love with her quick mind, offbeat sense of humor and agility on the dance floor, where I thought I had mastered the fox-trot."
Source: Time.com

Walter, wondering about how different his life would have been if he had not detoured to Kansas City, 8/2005: "But I can't say that my private life would have turned out as happy. Perhaps I might never have found my Betsy, who, after 64 years of marriage, was still as beautiful when she died this year as the day I first saw her. Meeting such a bright and supportive woman brought me a lifetime of joy and tenderness. And for me, that was key."
Source: Time.com

Walter, about Betsy's sense of humor: "Probably the most important single element that I found in my own marriage was a sense of humor. My wife had a delicious sense of humor, and I think I have an adequate one. The funny things Betsy did to me on an almost daily basis could fill up one of those old Sears, Roebuck catalogs. She just wouldn't take things seriously that didn't need to be taken seriously. It was tough for us to get together and try to solve a serious problem because humor would begin to creep in-which would save the day most of the time."
Source: Esquire, April 2006

Walter, about Joanna: "I've known Joanna Simon for many years--she sold Betsy and me our apartment. Joanna and her husband also lived in the building, and Betsy and I saw a lot of them through the years. Joanna's husband died three years ago. Then last year, after Betsy died, we two bereft people allayed our loneliness by sharing social activities with many mutual friends. Now we are testing the possibility of eternal youth. [Joanna is sixty-five.] Anyone who knows us would not be surprised if we get married."
Source: Esquire, April 2006

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