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Chris Wallace and his family and the Wallace family.
On this sad morning for them -- for all of us.
In broadcast news and journalism who love this distance so much -- take a look back now at the career and life of Michael.
It was called the toughest and most feared interviewer on television.
I like what Myron Leon Wallace was born on May ninth 1918.
In Brookline Massachusetts.
He was one of four children of frank and Xena.
And high school Wallace was heavily involved -- extracurricular activities including public speaking and a school newspaper.
He attended college at the University of Michigan and planned to be an English teacher but he was bitten by the broadcasting bug.
Likely Wallace's first break in TV was a show called night beat he grilled newsmakers and -- controversial and direct style was ahead.
He joined CBS in 1951.
But left after a few years to -- other TV shows.
In 1963 he was back at CBS news as a special correspondent.
Five years later he was one of the founding members of sixty minutes which made its debut with co editor Wallace interviewing then attorney general Ramsey Clark.
Beyond newsmakers he covered stories ranging from heroin addiction draft evasion biological warfare to the Kent State shooting.
For the first time US law enforcement -- Ohio law enforcement in this case.
Killed somebody on a college campus killed four.
Wounded guys that.
That is when suddenly.
Suddenly the Nixon administration.
John -- -- Spiro Agnew.
Had established a climate.
But calling people and less than.
Patriotic Wallace was also known for -- ambush interviews.
Everybody's battling like cockroaches around here I don't understand his legacy includes an interview with Malcolm Max are you not perhaps.
So afraid of what might happen to you as a result of making these revelations oh yes I probably am a -- -- -- doctor -- Luther king junior.
-- our studios in Chicago Dr.
Martin Luther King former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.
chairman they're Palestinians who would like to -- you maybe they are opposing me but not to give me a groundbreaking interview with the man known as doctor death.
There's something almost ghoulish in your desire to see the deed done that it appears that way do you I can't criticize you for that and is one on one with Dan Chinese president.
John Simon -- Group and this through -- years ago or fathers -- he's content and did you envision.
There's other interviews read like a who's who of newsmakers.
You must be good to.
I'm going to be -- -- you -- why would be otherwise he would love to control.
Its -- at how little he could have kept it.
I don't trust him national pastime is just as -- there it has.
Throughout his career Wallace occasionally found himself to be the story.
A documentary narrated on general William Westmoreland.
Led to -- 120 million dollar libel suit Westmoreland -- Wallace and others at CBS a producing a report that was slanted and untrue.
The case was settled out of court later Wallace made his battle with depression public he said he suffered because of that lawsuit.
Always unafraid of controversy in the 1990s he took on the tobacco industry and eventually his own network.
They just did not want this.
He's to go on the air because they were in the middle of negotiations with the -- in house.
For sales CBS.
And Westinghouse would not one -- -- CBS.
If it could conceivably be buying at the same time a ten to fifteen billion dollar lawsuit.
Even in his eighties he kept up a full schedule that was married for 28 years to a woman who fed me nuts and raisins and occasional fish.
And we lived in that town house in New York city's five stories.
So up and down those -- -- today in 2005 FOX News Sunday host Chris Wallace sat down with his father on his program.
And you don't retire because.
Because I loved.
It is it is not work when I do I love what I do when I get up in the morning and I think I am going to have the opportunity to.
I wasn't that happy about waking up this -- felt the same way they checked that the fact that the.
But in 2006.
Wallace did retire as a full time correspondent.
And continue to contribute until finally hanging up his microphone.
After almost sixty years the unmistakable voice of Mike Wallace was not on the air.
But his -- reproach and done -- style.
Marked him as a journalistic legend who has inspired generations and -- men and women and this crusading manner will always be remembered.
And despite his controversial style he was loved by many of the news -- he would pursue.
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