Brinkley had a crisp and witty sense of humor. He recoiled at identification as "the son of," but he inherited an inheritance from his father that served him, and his readers, well for more than thirty years.
I wanted my kids to watch a few examples of what the news was like when I was their age so I put on the clip of Cronkite's coverage of the Kennedy assassination. "Wow", my son said. "That was so quiet and so powerful."