Thursday, April 12, 2012


While I was away in Connecticut to celebrate Easter with my family, legendary TV news investigator Mike Wallace passed away. He will forever be linked to the newsmagazine '60 Minutes', as well as to being the narrator for many episodes of 'Biography'.

He also provided his own televersion with two appearances in the TV series 'Murphy Brown' as well as one episode of 'The Jack Benny Show'. And he was one of the reporters who traveled back in Time for CBS News in order to provide "You Are There" reports. (He may have done this only once, in 1953, for a report on the conquest of Mexico.)

With his ex-wife Buff Cobb, Wallace hosted a talk show in the early days of the Toob. (He soloed on an interview show in 1957, 'The Mike Wallace Interview'.)

He also toiled as a commercial spokesman back then as well - during the several tributes I saw for him the day after he died, his commercial for Golden Fluffo kept coming up.

And we've got one more qualifier, from the Tooniverse - in the "Treehouse Of Horror V" episode of 'The Simpsons', Mike Wallace showed up with the other hosts of '60 Minutes', giving him an animated presence in the TV Universe.

With the two series in which he played himself and the 'You Are There' reportage, added to his heavy-hitting style on '60 Minutes', we're inducting Mike Wallace into the TV Crossover Hall Of Fame.

Good night and may God bless.

There will still be another induction into the Hall of Fame later this month, more in keeping with the general theme of April inductions......

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