Category Archives: 60 minutes
Over the weekend one of television’s pioneers passed away. Multiple award-winning journalist, TV host, and media personality Mike Wallace is dead at the age of 93 from natural causes.
While best known as a correspondent on the long-running news program “60 Minutes,” Mike Wallace has worn numerous and varied other hats such as narrator on the “Green Hornet” and “Sky King” radio series, game show host, actor (under the name name Myron Wallace, although he played himself in one of my favorite films, A Face in the Crowd), and he also hosted several other news shows before landing “60 Minutes.”
Wallace had semi-retired in 2006, but appeared throughout 2008. He garnered at least twenty Emmy Awards, had written two autobiographies, and was perhaps the last of the real television journalists (just my opinion). We have lost one of the greats.
Some folks are their work. I can’t help but think about that today as I write about the passing of journalist and writer Andy Rooney. He passed away Friday night from major complications of an undisclosed surgery, just weeks after signing off for the last time on his regular closing slot on the long running “60 Minutes.” Even in his final piece, an interview for the program, he said he wouldn’t stop writing – he couldn’t stop writing.
Rooney was a journalist since the Second World War and had closed the CBS new program with his commentaries for over forty years. He was the curmudgeon’s curmudgeon, always questioning the most mundane and puzzling of the day’s mysteries. His voice was grating and his attitude confrontational and often sarcastic, but he was always entertaining, and if you weren’t careful, informative.
Andy Rooney wrote for television and news for decades, He won four Emmys while on “60 Minutes,” and many other broadcasting and journalism awards during his long career. We have lost a true legend and an epic voice in our times. He will be missed.