As the day unfolds you will get to know more about someone you already thought you knew. If you are under 60 you will remember Mike Wallace the journalist. If you are older you might remember Mike Wallace as someone who did just about everything that there is to do in broadcasting.
This crusading journalist that took on tobacco companies also took their money as a paid spokesman for Parliament Cigarettes. He hawked Coca-Cola while bantering with Spike Jones. He announced professional wrestling in Chicago. He acted in live television dramas and hosted game shows.
He had a long association with CBS but his career turn came on ABC when that network picked up NightBeat, a local talk show based on DuMont's affiliate in New York. That turned into the Mike Wallace Interview which blazed the way for him to join 60 Minutes in 1968.
The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas has put the Mike Wallace Interview online. You can watch the likes of Malcolm Muggeridge, eugenicist and Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger and a young Henry Kissinger ruminate on the state of US-Soviet relations. It is a fascinating window both into the late 1950's and a career in transition.