More than 350 people took refuge from Wednesday’s heat in the air conditioning of Way Public Library to hear Douglas Brinkley, an acclaimed author and Perrysburg native, discuss his latest book, a biography of iconic newscaster Walter Cronkite.Mr. Brinkley’s presentation of “Cronkite” was the feature event in the library’s War of 1812 bicentennial celebration, as well as a fund-raiser for the library. Attendance was nearly double what library personnel said they had predicted.
“I watched Cronkite every night growing up in Perrysburg,” recalled Mr. Brinkley in an interview before his lecture, recounting how his mother would return home from her job teaching English at Perrysburg High School and watch the newscast with him.
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