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It was called the toughest and most feared interview were on televisions are like -- Myron Leon Wallace was born on May ninth 1918.
In Brookline Massachusetts.
He was one of four children -- 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.
-- -- -- Wallace's first break -- -- -- today 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 most 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 -- -- 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 is when suddenly.
Suddenly the Nixon administration.
John Mitchell Spiro Agnew.
Establish a climate.
But calling people and less than patriotic.
Wallace was also known for -- ambush interviews.
Everybody's battling like cockroaches -- out here.
I don't understand his legacy includes an interview with Malcolm Macs are you not perhaps.
Afraid of what might happen to you as a result of making these revelations oh yes I probably -- -- -- man Allred Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr.
And our studios in Chicago of Dr.
Martin Luther King former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.
chairman -- of Palestinians who would like to -- you maybe they are opposing me.
But not the -- me.
A groundbreaking interview with the man known as doctor death there's something almost ghoulish in your desire to see the deed done it appears that way -- you I can't criticize you for that and is one on one would then Chinese president.
-- -- -- For a -- and this even years ago or fathers -- -- he's content and did you vision.
There's other interviews read like a who's who love newsmakers.
You must be good to me.
I'm gonna be good if you want why would be otherwise you would love to control.
The speed traps from -- -- help -- you kept it.
Of course I don't trust -- 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 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 -- to go on the air because they were in the middle of negotiations with the Westinghouse.
For -- CBS.
And Westinghouse would not want -- -- CBS.
If it could conceivably be buying at the same time attend a 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 -- -- townhouse in.
New York city's five stories.
So up and down those -- anytime today in 2005 fox -- Sunday host Chris Wallace sat down with his father on his program.
And you don't retire because.
Because I love.
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 -- this tonight about the same way he kept epitaph for 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 brave reproach and -- -- style.
Marked him as a journalistic legend who has inspired generations of newsmen and women and is crusading manner we'll always be remembered.
And despite his controversial style he was loved by many of the newsmakers.
He would pursue --
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