Mike Wallace was an institution in the news industry. He interviewed presidents, singers, mobsters and civil rights heroes. He needled them with a sophisticated coolness that only Wallace could. He infuriated some, charmed others and educated us all when we watched his interviews.
CBS News' eulogy for Wallace points out that "when Wallace was born in 1918 there wasn't even a radio in most American homes, much less a TV." For 65 years of being in front of the camera, 40 with 60 Minutes, Wallace helped create what the evening news looked like. Some could call him a pioneer, while others may say he simply did the job he was born to do - with extraordinary passion and tenacity.
Either way, we'll miss you on TV, Mike Wallace. It simply won't be the same.
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