In Memorium: Mike Wallace
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Legendary, 60 Minutes correspondent, Mike Wallace, died Saturday night in Connecticut, surrounded by his family. Wallace retired from CBS in 2006 but did a number of special reports for them in the years following his official departure.
At the age of 93, Mike Wallace passed away.
He's the man who pioneered techniques still used today.
Master of surprise attacks, Mike Wallace once struck fear
Into hearts of those he interviewed from year to year.
He could be abrasive; sometimes, questions made me wince
But we've never seen his like again - before or since.
Famous for his courage; put Depression on the map.
Told the world about the time Westmoreland made him snap.
Rest in peace now, sir. Your legacy is safe and sound.
Even though you've gone from us, your style is still around.
When you get to heaven (for I'm sure that's where you'll be)
Don't tick off the Lord; tell Andy Rooney "Hi" for me.
Listening to interviews with his fellow correspondents after news of Wallace's death became public, one gets the impression of an old-fashioned, hard-charging, sometimes difficult man who will be missed by all who knew him. The twinkle in his eye caused much to be forgiven... It also remains the only possible explanation for how Mr. Wallace was able to convince so many people to sit down for an interview with him, given his reputation.