Signing Off: A Brief History

Dan Rather can study the parting words of his TV predecessors for inspiration

THE FLAP OVER HIS 60 MINUTES report on President Bush's National Guard service has marred Dan Rather's retirement from the CBS Evening News after 24 years. But one thing you can be sure of: Rather--who once signed off from his newscast with the word "Courage"--will put some thought into his Wednesday-night farewell. He may even study some of the parting words of anchors past. --By Jeremy Caplan

"Those who have made anything of this departure, I'm afraid they've made too much. This is but a transition, a passing of the baton."  --WALTER CRONKITE, CBS EVENING NEWS, 1981

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