Monday, April 9, 2012

Mike Wallace 1918-2012

Veteran newsman Mike Wallace died this weekend at the age of 93. He was nationally famous as a journalist because of his work on the television investigation news program "60 Minutes."

Wallaces hard-hitting interview style impressed many. He left an impression on many, and inspired many others to get into writing, including my fellow blogger, Joseph Mailander.

I'd like to share one of his best ever interviews. He did this one in 1959 with writer Ayn Rand, who had written the bestsellers "The Fountainhead" and "Atlas Shrugged".

In the interview, Rand espouses her theory of "objectivism" in which she says that altruism -- or living for the sake of others -- is evil, and should be eliminated.

Even if you don't agree with her, she was a fascinating woman, and Wallace asked all the right questions. He was operating at a level that very few can reach.