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Pitfalls of Fame’s Egotism

Walter Cronkite recalls the following incident: Sailing back down the Mystic River in Conneciticut and following the channel’s tricky turns through an expanse of shallow water, I am reminded of the time a boatlaod of young people sped past us here, its occupants shouting and waving their arms. I waved back a cheery greeting and my wife said, “Do you know what they were shouting?” “Why, it was ‘Hello, Walter,’“ I replied. “No,” she said. “They were shouting, “Low water, Low water.’“ Such are the pitfalls of fame’s egotism.

Ray Ellis and Walter Cronkite, North by Northeast

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