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Cover Story August 19, 2004

And That’s the Way

It Was . . .

with Walter Cronkite 


by lyle e davis

Walter Cronkite and I share a couple things in common.  We were both born on the same date, November 4th.  He in 1916, I, a bit later.  And we were both born in the Midwest.  He, in St. Joseph, Missouri, I in southern Minnesota.  And, we are both in the business of news.  It’s right about there that the comparison ends.


Cronkite has been dubbed as “the most trusted man in America,” thanks to his long tenure as reporter and then anchorman and managing editor of the CBS Evening News.   He is easily one of the most admired and respected news broadcasters of all time. One recent poll found that many Americans consider him their favorite newscaster even though he hasn't delivered the news since the early days of the Reagan presidency.








A farmer in Iowa got pulled over by a State Trooper for speeding.


The trooper started to lecture the farmer about his speeding, and in general began to throw his weight around to try to make the farmer feel uncomfortable. Finally, the trooper got around to writing out the ticket. As he was doing that, he kept swatting at some flies that were buzzing around his head.


The farmer said, "Having some problem with them there circle flies, are ya?"

The trooper stopped writing the ticket and said, "Well yeah, if that's what they are. I never heard of circle flies."


So the farmer says, "Well, circle flies are common on farms. See, they're called circle flies because they're almost always found circling around the back end of a horse."


The trooper says, "Oh," and goes back to writing the ticket. Then after a minute, he stops and says, "Are you trying to call me a horse's ass?"


The farmer says, "Oh no, officer. I have too much respect for law enforcement and police officers to even think about calling you a horse's ass."


The trooper says, "Well that's a good thing," and goes back to writing the ticket.


After a long pause, the farmer says, "Hard to fool them flies though."