Chris Wallace remembers his father, Mike Wallace
Thoughts on famed journalist
- Duration 7:30
- Date Apr 15, 2012
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You've heard so many stories about my -- of this week here's one you haven't heard.
Three Summers ago Caroline Wallace then -- one -- to Martha's Vineyard to visit her great grandfather.
Here's he has literally taking the first step of her life reaching out to.
This week when she learned he had passed away Carolinas now for.
Drew this picture of her favorite stuffed bunny herself and her great grandpa.
And -- dictated this message for him to her teacher.
I love you I miss you because I wanted to say goodbye.
And then she signed.
Back in 2005 when my father was 87 he had just written a book.
He came on FOX News Sunday to talk about that and all sorts of things.
Do you understand why some people feel.
From the mainstream media -- -- -- they think -- -- while and I Ed.
That's what they think and how do you played.
I think it's damn -- -- first of all that patriots.
Just as much as any conservative even a liberal reporter.
Is a patriot watch the best for this country.
And people you know you your fair and balanced friends.
Don't fully understand that are -- -- -- -- the book -- yes because what's amazing.
Is all the people you with interviewed over the years and in the case of the Middle East everyone from -- knock them vegan to and Larsson dot.
From the Shah of Iran to the Ayatollah Khomeini he calls you your -- So give me his words not mine.
Yeah when you say forgive me did -- Middle East leader yes does that mean you're about to drop the hammer that this that frequently.
Frequently that's exactly right.
Someone once -- about you that Mike Wallace has an underdeveloped sense of other people's privacy.
And does your son I'm here to testify it's absolutely.
True really yes.
I wonder what have I revealed about you well let up section I would know but I want to show you something a few clips from interviews that you have done with celebrities over the years.
Take a look.
You really believe in extraterrestrial.
-- -- -- -- come visit you on the porch.
Now you're being unpleasant Wallace is what you said.
Yes this is what I was a little afraid -- you don't have to be that at present doesn't become me I stopped doing jokes immediately.
As soon -- that people found out that he was an alcoholic cook takes want to know half.
But -- the crew here cruel.
What do you what do you do that.
What do -- do well and -- is that -- -- takes one to know what what he's a drunk.
-- why do you say to Barbara Streisand on national television you know what your mother says you don't have time for anyone.
Is that these are interesting questions why you ask -- because they interest in -- you never let yourself.
On -- old Harrison I'm gonna hurt his feelings.
Now I don't have subpoena powers they know who I am when they come on.
They know the kind of questions that I asked almighty.
Actually I didn't start really asking questions until I was 38 years old but.
And I have to.
Do certain things I remember before.
Before you if as we just your brother.
I used to.
You know do.
All kinds of commercials cigarette commercial -- a -- college that's correct.
And I used to say I've got to raise the kids therefore I'll do whatever I have to do.
And after we lost.
I said I can't hide behind that anymore and when I'm gonna do is in the memory.
Of your brother your older brother Peter.
I'm gonna do something I am proud of doing and that he would.
Be proud to have me do.
As you look over.
The whole career.
All the places you've gone all the people you Nat.
What do you make of that.
And what do you make of -- Leon Wallace from Brookline.
Yanks having had this extraordinary journey -- -- -- it is extra.
It is just.
I think sometimes -- carefully.
Can you imagine talking to Eleanor Roosevelt back in 19157.
This extraordinary woman.
I want to ask you question that in the book and I didn't realize you'd ever arrested but that US Thomas Hart Benton the great artist in 1973.
And you asked him and I'm asking you.
Do you hate getting old.
Well I tell you what.
I had my hearing aids fixed today so I could properly -- you good I can't see as well.
I used to be able to play tennis I now have -- This is stop me from smoking a pacemaker have -- about the last fifteen years.
I don't like getting.
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 of the tonight about the same way that happened after that are finally yes finally I have another idea.
For a target for your next interview and the question is what would you like to ask this stuff.
Car -- -- October 30.
Williams three week birthday.
And yeah I'm great really like to ask him.
He's good looking kid and he's -- good as he takes out for all of -- if that's right guys.
But that's I'll never say -- no I've never seen this did not have those still up.
He moves around that -- that that's a nice surprise.
Bless -- well it's a great look.
It is a great life I couldn't be prouder of both and -- I love you.
And I'm proud of you.
After we ran that interview I said there's no crying on Sunday morning talk -- out.
While there have been lots of tears this week along -- lots of laughs and some wonderful stories.
Our family has really held on to each other tightly.
Over the last two decades my father became my best friend.
He was so interest -- so much fun to be around and yes sometimes so exasperated.
I didn't get into reporting at least consciously because of that but -- to get such joy from sharing experiences with each other.
So many times this week -- wanted to ask him what he thinks about all the coverage of his life.
And then I stop.
And remember he's not here.
That is going to take some getting used to.
I can't imagine life without.
We'll see you next Fox News.