ANDREW HEYWARD: Now I'd like to call up another
very long-time colleague of Charles's, Mike Wallace. Mike, of course,
has been a co-anchor of 60 MINUTES since the broadcast premiered in
September of 1968. Mike?
MIKE WALLACE: I confess that I've been sitting here the last
hour thinking, "What in the world are you up there for?" because,
like Walter, Charles and I were good friends,: but not as close as some
of the people like Bernie Birnbaum and PhilI never worked with
him day-to-dayand the word that kept occurring to me as I sat
there was what love everybody who knew himwhether they knew him
very well or pretty well, as I didfelt for him.
So I'm going to, if I may, cut short what few remarks I had prepared.
I don't look at this memorial for Charles with sadness, except, of course,
that it was a sin for him to leave us so early. I think of it, instead,
as a kind of celebration of his courage and integrity and his fulfillment.
A lot of us have been turning up at more and more of these occasions
in recent years as some of the best of us have passedDick Salant
and Eric Sevareid, Harry Reasoner and Charlie Collingwood, Bill Leonard,
Doug Edwards, Bud Benjaminleaving behind an extraordinary legacy
for us to try to live up to. When you turn 79, you begin to take the
occasions like this pretty seriously, but you are no longer just a spectatoryou
begin to listen to what is said more attentively, wonder how you're
going to measure up, how much of the truth they're telling today and
how much they're gonna tell about you before too much time goes on.
What's so great about Charlie is that everything that was said here
today has been the utter truth. For a lot of us, I'll venture that these
gatherings have turned out to be strangely satisfying occasions, for
they give us a chance to catch up with old pals that we haven't seen
in a whileold colleagues with whom we've shared decades of working,
shoulder to shoulder, to capture and to broadcast the facts and the
flavor of the parade that has passed before us, we who've been given
the privilege of telling America the truth about what is going on, what
is occurring here and around the world. All of us here today owe a debt
to Charlie and to those others that I've named, a debt that we can repay
them, day by day, simply by honoring the CBS News legacy they have left
We're gonna hear from brother Rooney now, and then we'll have a drink
or two for old times' sake.
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