"[Walter Cronkite] liked the crowd at McGarvey's and talking about sailing. People treated him just as another sailor, and I was proud of that," Ashford said. "He really was hard to get to sit still for very long. He had lots of energy and wanted to either be sailing or out in boatyards looking at boats."
He recounts the often-told tale about the broadcaster's menu dilemma, when he wasn't sure whether he wanted a steak or a bowl of chili, so he ordered both.
"He dumped the chili on the steak, and for a while we had the Cronkite chili steak on the menu. Only one person ever ordered it, so we quietly dropped it," he said, laughing.