Known for his tough, sometimes fierce interviews, he was the voice of his generation in many ways when it came to journalism.
Visiting the Writer’s Guild in NYC in the early 90’s I had the chance to bump into him. Ok, he was trapped in an elevator with me; but he was gracious and friendly answering some questions candidly and openly. He was wonderful and an inspiration in many ways for myself as a journalist.
Ayn Rand Interview
Early Philip Morris Plug!
But it was 60 Minutes that he will always be most remembered for. For decades his voice was connected with some of the most amazing interviews ever on television.
Mike retired in 2006. His son Chris is a news man in his own right. I think the late and very great Andy Rooney summed up Mike’s career so well so I’ll let this clip of his end this piece.
What a wonderful life and career….
RIP Mike Wallace
May 9, 1918 – April 7, 2012