December 15, 2017
Cronkite and Gates
MARKETPLACE INTERVIEW WITH Tim Bedore as BILL GATES and Tim Bedore as GUEST HOST-WALTER CRONKITE

WALTER CRONKITE
Hello, this is Walter Cronkite. Because of the importance of this story, the settlement of the Microsoft anti-trust case, I have returned to do this very special interview for Marketplace with Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Bill, for you this was a tough day.

BILL GATES
Yeh', I'm hurt... and confused. Do you remember Sally Field accepting the Oscar a few years ago... "You like me! You really like me!!" I so want to be able to say that... but... I guess I don't know what people really think of me.

WALTER CRONKITE
Can I suggest the phrase 'The Devil Incarnate.'

BILL GATES
Ouch. But yeh', that's the vibe I'm getting.

WALTER CRONKITE
How does this negative public-attitude manifest itself in your day-to-day life?

BILL GATES
Some people avert their eyes. Others say they feel a draft when I am in the room. Some make the sign of the cross and run.

WALTER CRONKITE
Perhaps these negative perceptions have something to do with the fact you're worth 80 billion dollars and your Windows operating system still crashes like a two-legged dog on Peyote?

BILL GATES
Maybe...

WALTER CRONKITE
This morning, your product, Windows 98, accused me, Walter Cronkite, the most trusted man in America, of having performed an illegal operation. I was just trying to print an envelope. Isn't the phrase, "illegal operation" a little harsh?

BILL GATES
Maybe. But it makes people think system crashes are their fault, not Windows... so, win, win for us.

WALTER CRONKITE
Perhaps people wouldn't feel the way they do about you if Windows worked as flawlessly as, say, Linux.

BILL GATES
Linux! Linux! Linux! I hate that word... How can anybody love a product that was free?

WALTER CRONKITE
Can 80 billion dollars really buy Bill Gates happiness?

BILL GATES
Have you seen the size of my house? A family of five could live in my closet. But... you're right.

WALTER CRONKITE
Tell Uncle Walter, Bill, you'll feel better.

BILL GATES
As long as I'm around nobody ever offers to buy dinner? The check comes- nobody reaches for their wallet and says, 'Hey, let me get this one Bill.' Even though I'm the richest guy in the world... it would be nice just once to hear... 'Hey Bill. Heard you gave a billion to charity again today. Let me pick up lunch.'

WALTER CRONKITE
Bill, as the Beatles once said "The love you take is equal to the love you make."

BILL GATES
Never liked the Beatles. I was a Monkees fan.

WALTER CRONKITE
Even as a child, instead of gravitating towards the inspired, unique genius of the Beatles you were drawn to the watered down, mimicry of the Monkees, a band whose very existence depended on the brilliant, bright light radiating from the Fab Four- John, Paul, George and Ringo. Who coincidentally owned a record label called Apple.

BILL GATES
Mmmmm... yeh'.

WALTER CRONKITE
Indeed, that says a little bit of me, and a little bit of you. And that's the way it is, this is Walter Cronkite for Marketplace, good night.