Remembering Mike Wallace (1918 – 2012)

Sunday, 8 April, 2012

I’m very saddened to see the passing of Mike Wallace. Mike’s interviews and his 60 Minutes segments have set the gold standard and inspired journalists from around the world. I believe the best way to remember Mike Wallace is through the work he has done. Here in this 2008 post, I linked to some of my fav Mike’s video interviews The Mike Wallace Interviews

“I accidentally discovered a gold mine of wonderful Mike Wallace interviews during my research for this Frank Lloyd Wright entry.

Here is a link to The Mike Wallace Interviews from the Harry Ransom Centrer, (University of Texas at Austin) archives and a list of interviews that I have enjoyed and looking forward to enjoy. (note the above main page has links to the transcripts of these interviews)

  1. Frank Lloyd Wright – great interview
  2. Salvador Dali – very interesting and strange. If you listen closely, you may find few tidbits of insights.
  3. Eleanor Roosevelt
  4. Kirk Douglas – a really candid and good interview
  5. Nobel Prize Winners (Pauling, Buck, Pickett, Orr) talk about peace in a world threatened by war”

Apr 9th, 2012 update:

Emmy TV Legends, “Mike Wallace” 3 hours video interview.

CBS Morley Safer, “Remembering Mike Wallace 1918-2012” (with video)

NYT, “Reactions to the Death of Mike Wallace, ’60 Minutes’ Pioneer” Here is an touching excerpt and important lesson for us all,

In a recent interview with Playboy magazine, Mr. Wallace’s son Chris, who is the anchor of “Fox News Sunday” on Fox, said that his father “is 93 and showing it for the first time.”

“He’s in a facility in Connecticut. Physically, he’s okay. Mentally, he’s not,” Chris Wallace said. “He still recognizes me and knows who I am, but he’s uneven. The interesting thing is, he never mentions ’60 Minutes.’ It’s as if it didn’t exist. It’s as if that part of his memory is completely gone. The only thing he really talks about is family — me, my kids, my grandkids, his great-grandchildren. There’s a lesson there. This is a man who had a fabulous career and for whom work always came first. Now he can’t even remember it.””

NYT, “Mike Wallace, CBS Pioneer of ‘60 Minutes,’ Dies at 93” (with a 21 minutes “Last Word: Mike Wallace“)

Telegraph, “Mike Wallace, who has died aged 93, was the “Grand Inquisitor” of American television, famous for his ruthless interviewing technique on the news magazine programme 60 Minutes.


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