The Huffington Post
April 9, 2012
By Jack Mirkinson
Some of Mike Wallace’s longtime colleagues gathered on Monday’s “CBS This Morning” to remember the iconic “60 Minutes” journalist, who died on Saturday at 93.
Wallace’s flamboyant, hard-charging interviewing style came to define “60 Minutes” for decades, and, as veterans Morley Safer and Steve Kroft recalled, he was just as outsized a figure behind the scenes.
Safer described him as “irreverent, irascible, competitive beyond belief.” He also said that Wallace was always “unsure of himself.”
“Mike always felt that he had not paid his dues as a journalist, and I think it’s one of the things that made him such a tough guy,” he said, adding that Wallace’s possible “shame” over his early career doing commercials and game shows “haunted him.”