Rising interest in Wallace and "60 Minutes" grew partly out of the Watergate scandal in the 1970s.
Wallace's interrogations of John Erlichman, G. Gordon Liddy and H.R. Haldeman whetted the appetites of news junkies who continued to tune in to see Wallace joust with other scoundrels.
CBS News correspondent Mike Wallace is pictured outside the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C., in 1997.
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