Brookline Remembers Mike Wallace's Softer Side
Mike Wallace's hardball style was tempered by a side which some Brookline residents experienced. Share your stories.
Though he may be remembered for an aggressive interview style, Mike Wallace, journalist and Brookline native, had a softer side as well.
Among Wallaces interviews are people like Alduous Huxley and Salvador Dali--to name just a few. The Boston Phoenix Blog described some of his exploits as Chuck Norries-esque, positing that he may be the journalistic equivalent of the martial arts star.
However, today's Boston Globe obituary described the softer side of Brookline-native Myron "Mike" Wallace, who graduated from Brookline High in 1935 by way of the Runkle School, and summered on Martha's Vineyard. In the piece, he is described as "a pussycat" and "a good guy" by Brookline residents who met him.
Wallace's Stepson, Eames Yates, told the Globe:
“He always thought it was kind of hilarious that he was from Brookline, and on the same street lived Lenny Bernstein and Jack Kennedy... Those are three pretty good names from a town in Massachusetts.’’
Author Larry Ruttman interviewed Wallace in a 2005 book "Voices of Brookline: An Oral History of an American Hometown," along with well-known names like Robert Kraft and Michael Dukakis, and local figures such as Chobee Hoy, Sumner Kaplan and Library director Chuck Flaherty.
This softer side extended beyond Brookline: one of Patch's Regional Editors recalled almost making Wallace cry during an interview.
See the full piece on the Boston Globe.