At first I was just going to put up a pic only of this cat as an homage to his legacy. You know...because of the whole time constraints issue I've been dealing with lately. Then I figured that wouldn't even be right considering that he was another pioneer in the field that I studied.
"60 Minutes" legend Mike Wallace passed away this past Saturday in Waveny Care Center in New Canaan, Conn. He was 93-years-old.
I would be remiss if I didn't mention what an influence Wallace had on the journalism game. He was renown for asking the tough questions. Moreover, he didn't seem to ever be intimidated by his interviewees. It's a trait that's hard to find in journalists these days with so many of them wanting to cater to the egos of their subjects.
What I remember most about Wallace is how he helped turn "60 Minutes" into one of the most feared journalism shows out there. Actually, were there even any other journalism shows out at the time? I just know that back in the 80s, having a "60 Minutes" crew come to your business would be the equivalent today of having Chris Hanson and the "Dateline" homies show up. You know the outcome won't be good.
I don't think there's much of that "60 Minutes" gang left now. Ed Bradley and Andy Rooney had already left within the past few years and now Wallace. That infamous ticking clock that marked ever Sunday night just won't ever be the same again.
Rest in peace, Mr. Wallace.