Kendra Steiner Editions (Bill Shute)

June 7, 2008

Mike Wallace, archived 1957-1958 interviews

Filed under: Uncategorized — kendrasteinereditions @ 5:37 pm

Here’s a fascinating resource that hasn’t received much fanfare, but should keep anyone occupied for hours! Mike Wallace evidently gave some of his personal archive to the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin, and the Ransom Center has put a number of 1957-58 interviews from Wallace’s “Night Beat” program online. The incredible diversity of people featured here, all of whom have fascinating stories to tell, is a testimony to Wallace’s nose for a good story. Everyone from Gloria Swanson to Eleanor Roosevelt, from a soldier who defected to the other side during the Korean War to writer Aldous Huxley, from actor Anthony Perkins to theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, from Salvador Dali to Oscar Hammerstein, from 20s pop culture hero Rudy Vallee to UAW labor leader Walter Reuther, from stripper Lili St. Cyr to birth control pioneer Margaret Sanger, from segregationist Governor Orval Faubus to jockey Eddie Arcaro, from Frank Lloyd Wright to Communist Party USA boss Earl Browder. What an amazing resource. I’ve watched only a few so far, but to see in a relatively informal setting so many important historical and cultural figures who in many cases we know today only through pictures and words on a page is a wonderful thing IMHO. So put down the KSE chapbooks for a little while (just a little while, though) and watch some of these interviews. You’ll be glad you did!

ps, what a Belmont Stakes that was today!!!

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