History's first draft in an archive of Mike Wallace's papers at Syracuse
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Almost two months have passed since the death of Mike Wallace.
Fans of the legendary former CBS newsman might consider making a pilgrimage to Syracuse University, whose Special Collections Research Library is filled with "the unadorned relics of Wallace’s interviews with some of the most important people of the time, from 1958 to 1961."
Anyone can open the 11 boxes and study the pages Wallace held in front of him as he interviewed Henry Kissinger, Ayn Rand, James Michener, the recently paralyzed Brooklyn Dodger Roy Campanella, Errol Flynn’s mistress and King, who could still be described as a leader in a “new movement” for the struggle for dignity and equality for blacks.
To leaf through Wallace’s fragile early papers is to see the seeds of the Civil Rights movement take root, and to feel the fear and tension of censorship, communism, interracial marriage and abortion rights.
It also shows the birth of Wallace — the direct, bulldog reporter who would later wrestle with heads of state and corporations before 40 million viewers and the sound of a “60 Minutes” stop watch.
For example, here's a thank-you note Eleanor Roosevelt sent him on Aug. 4, 1959. And here's an overview of the library's Wallace collection.
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