Monday, April 9, 2012

Mike Wallace Was Here

Mike Wallace, Super Hero, 1918-2012

“It’s hard to believe, but when Wallace was born in 1918 there wasn’t even a radio in most American homes, much less a TV. As a youth, Wallace said, he was ‘an overachiever. I worked pretty hard. Played a hell of a fiddle.’

“At the University of Michigan, where his parents hoped he’d become a doctor or lawyer, he got hooked instead on radio. And by 1941, Mike was the announcer on ‘The Green Hornet."” . . .

“It was 65 years from Mike’s first appearance on camera—a World War II film for the Navy—to his last television appearance, a ‘60 Minutes’ interview with Roger Clemens, the baseball star trying to fight off accusations of steroid use.

“65 years!

“It’s strange, but for such a tough guy, Mike’s all-time favorite interview was the one with another legend, pianist Vladimir Horowitz. The two of them, forces of nature both: Sly, manic, egos rampant. For Mike—a red, white and blue kind of guy—Horowitz played ‘The Stars and Stripes Forever.”

“It almost brought tears to the toughest guy on television.

“‘It’s astonishing what you learn and feel and see along the way,’ Wallace said. ‘That’s why a reporter’s job, as you know, is such a joy.’”

—Morley Safer, newsman and longtime Wallace colleague,
Remembering Mike Wallace, 1918-2012,”
CBS News Sunday, April 5, 2012
Image: Bebeto Matthews/Associated Press

• Editorial Comment: Green Hornet, hunh? Evil-doers everywhere are breathing easier today. RIP, bulldog.

More on Mike Wallace
• The Associated Press obit: “NEW YORK (AP) — ‘Mike Wallace is here to see you.’”
• The “60 Minutes” obit
Video: Best of Mike on “60 Minutes”
• NPR’s Scott Simon with Wallace on tough interviewing, 2005
New York Times obit
Video: “Last Word: Mike Wallace,” New York Times
• In Memoriam, ABC News video
Wallace Reaction.

• RERUN: O’ Canada! Did you miss yesterday’s WORDs from Bill Maher about offensive speech? Click here.

• Relocation: The JCOM faculty have gotten rid of most of the clutter as we settle into swanky new offices in the new Ag Building on the USU Quad.

• HELP WANTED: New Faculty for Fall 2012! The JCOM Department at Utah State is taking applications for a multimedia instructor, teaching our new required multimedia class and assisting with the Aggie TV newscast classes. For full position description, click here.

• JCOM Teaching Excellence: The Journalism & Communication Department is one of three finalists for USU’s 2012 department teaching excellence award. Junior Emily Landeen produced this video of student feedback on the department. Click on image of Utah Statesman editor Catherine Bennett (right).

News from
our award-winning student news site, The Hard News Café

Weekly News Digest from Hard News Café
Up Close at the 2012 Utah Legislature: An Intern’s Perspective, by Lis Stewart
Students proud of research, creative work at symposium showcase
, by Rhett Wilkinson
Easter egg hunt is a popular Lions Club project in Hyde Park, by Shannon McCleve
Sewer connections need more regulation, Wellsville council says
, by Jimena Herrero
USU freshman serenades Jay Leno on ‘The Tonight Show’
, by Kristi Ottley
Latest Aggie TV News from USU and Cache Valley (April 4)
Stay tuned, Hyrum – your own radio station is in the works, by Tara Alvey
Advice from ‘Last Lecture’: connect with others to build civil society, by Allie Jeppson
‘Wolf Wars’ big question: How many wolves will society tolerate?, by Jimena Herrero
Summer session at USU, when the air is warm and learnin’ is easy
, by Kristi Ottley
1st District Drug Court: Second chance to get clean and sober, by Tara Alvey

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