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60 Minutes reporter and legendary voice, Mike Wallace, died on April 7, 2012 at the age of 93.
Wallace, who for 40 years has been known as the voice, alongside the sound of a stopwatch, as the beginning of another edition of 60 Minutes, passed last week and his fellow collegues have come together to pay tribute to his life, reports CBS.
Wallace was known as a journalistic “giant” who “influenced generations of journalists” as his interview techniques will be talked about for generations to come. Steve Kroft of CBS states, “Over the years Mike developed his own short-hand vocabulary for dragging information out of people.”
Leslie Stahl remembers Wallace as “pretty much like what you saw. He was tough, he was insistent, he was one of those never-give-up kind of people.”
The popular news program began in 1968. Alongside Wallace was Don Hewitt. Stahl notes that Wallace and Hewitt were given the hour to “do anything” they wanted. It was because of these two men that the hard hitting journalism that viewers see 40 years later still stands. The news was built on integrity and the hour was used for that purpose.
Wallace is remembered as “fearless” and a man who “went on the hunt” and “a crusader.”
In his lifetime, Wallace won 21 Emmy Awards, reports the Washington Post. Despite his struggles from his son’s tragic death in 1962, to his open struggles with depression, Wallace went on a job hunt. After a series of rejections, one being by CBS, Wallace eventually landed the job which Gary Gates calls the best decision he ever made.