Mike Wallace’s half-century-long career took him around the world and into the minds of the 20th century’s most newsworthy figures.
But it all began in Brookline.
A 1935 graduate of Brookline High School, Mr. Wallace returned to his hometown and alma mater many times over the years, often to give talks or accept plaudits.
Smoki Bacon, the Boston philanthropist and socialite who helped orchestrate a sesquicentennial celebration for the school, remembers feting the newsman, who quickly engaged with the students in the audience.
“He was a delight,’’ recalled Bacon, who graduated in 1945, 10 years after Mr. Wallace. She said that in person, the veteran interviewer showed little of the aggressive style that became his hallmark. “He was a pussycat,’’ Bacon said.
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