Anderson Cooper with Mike & Mary Wallace in 2006
Anderson Cooper did a tribute and a follow up discussion about the life and legecy of 60 Minutes' Mike Wallace on AC360 last night. Here's the clips, in case you missed them.
Anderson interviewed Mike & Mary on AC360 March 14, 2006 ~
Here's a letter he wrote and posted on the 360 blog about the experience.
To me, "60 Minutes" is still the best news magazine program on broadcast television. It's the only show I rush home to see, even when I know my TiVo is going to record it anyway. It's the only show I listen to on the radio, if I am in a car when it's on.
It's only recently that I've come to know Mike and his amazing wife Mary personally. I flew down to Florida this weekend to attend a dinner with them for a charity they support. I actually got to sit between Mike and Mary, and it was such an incredible treat.
"You look like a kid," was the first thing Mike said to me when I saw him Saturday evening.
"That's because he is a kid compared to you," Mary quickly chimed in.
When Mike told me he was going to be 88 years old this year, I did a double take. I couldn't believe it. He looks amazing, and has far more energy than I do.
I've been reporting now for 15 years, and there are days I wonder how long I can keep this pace up. News is a tough business. It's hard on your family. It's hard on your brain. It's hard on your body. But Mike Wallace has been at the top of his game for decades, longer than I have been alive. If I could have half the career Mike Wallace has had, and will continue to have, I would consider myself a very lucky man indeed.