Longtime Vineyard Summer Resident and 60 Minutes Star Mike Wallace, Dead at 93

Mike Wallace died in a Connecticut care facility Saturday night. He was 93.

Mike Wallace, one of the nation’s most widely known broadcast journalists died on Saturday in New Caanan, Connecticut, where he had lived for several years. He was 93.

Wallace who made a name for himself as a relentless interrogator on “60 Minutes,” owned a home on West Chop where he and his family summered. Wallace spent his Island days among friends Art Buchwald, James Reston, and novelist William Styron.

An obituary in the The New York Times for Wallace said, “A reporter with the presence of a performer, Mr. Wallace went head to head with chiefs of state, celebrities and con artists for more than 50 years, living for the moment when “you forget the lights, the cameras, everything else, and you’re really talking to each other,” he said in an interview with The New York Times videotaped in July 2006.

Mr. Wallace created enough such moments to become a paragon of television journalism in the heyday of network news. As he grilled his subjects, he said, he walked “a fine line between sadism and intellectual curiosity.”

Jason Peringer April 08, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Too much to say. I will have to write a blog...
Debra Dolliver April 08, 2012 at 05:42 PM
One of the most interesting and entertaining people I have ever met!
Elsie Keane April 08, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Once, when I was a waitperson at a now non-existant restaurant, I overheard Mr. Wallace generously defended my dignity (and that of all food servers) while I was tending their table and a local and well-known guest at the table made a snooty remark about my service. I am forever thankful. Such honor.
Mathea Morais (Editor) April 08, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Cannot wait.
Jason Peringer April 08, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Submitted for your approval...
ALISA ROMAN April 09, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Mr. Wallace ...was a special man, every conversation was interesting and thought provoking...He had the rare ability , to immediately connect with the person and the subject...You are missed....
Sarwat Farrag April 09, 2012 at 09:05 AM
God bless your soul mr.Wallace..you are a true journalist and an amazing man,your strugling with depression and your achievments in life are a prove of your very unique quilty that made you the way you had become..straight to heaven my good friend and thank you for all your hard and brelliant work..so long
William Waterway April 09, 2012 at 10:05 AM
Walter Cronkite introduced me to Mike Wallace in 1986 at a West Chop cocktail party. At the party, Mike, and his wife, Mary, invited me to visit at their West Chop home. During lunch, I asked Mike to write an autobiographical article for "Martha's Vineyard Magazine" of which I was the publisher/editor. I published Mike's photo on the cover of the Summer 1986 issue of "Martha's Vineyard Magazine." In the same issue of the magazine, I had Mike's best friend, Art Buchwald, write a humorous article about Mike. I also had an acclaimed journalist friend of mine, Gordon Bishop, interview Mike Wallace at his CBS office in New York. Mike felt so comfortable during our interactions, that he agreed to be interviewed as a guest on my TV talk show, "The Vineyard Voice." This interview will soon be released on MVTV. William Waterway Marks
William Waterway April 09, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Mike Wallace, "The Vineyard may be only a summer friend...but the glow of it kindles warm in me through all my winters." ©William Waterway


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