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Cronkite, Walter

Black Diamond Bay / Desire / 1975

I was sittin' home alone one night in LA,
Watchin' old Cronkite on the seven o'clock news.
It seems there was an earthquake that
Left nothin' but a Panama hat
And a pair of old Greek shoes.
Didn't seem like much was happenin'
So I turned it off and went to grab another beer.
Seems like every time you turn around
There's another hard-luck story that you're gonna hear
And there's really nothin' anyone can say
And I never did plan to go anyway
To Black Diamond Bay. (Ed Ricardo):

In The Kennedy Poems we find Walt:

                    stunned by disbelief
                  as everybody in the room
                 we watched Walter Cronkite
                 half asleep tryin his best
                  t fasten rumor t'gether
                    it was friday mornin
                yesterday a riot started up
                         in Harlem
            t'day at least for now it is no more

Cronkite is used as a verb by Allen Ginsberg in the liner notes to Desire (1975):

Suddenly a big dissolve & you're sitting with minstrel Dylan in L.A. household watching the same poem Cronkited on TV news: bard sings the awful movie where everybody loses & what can you say?

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