Mike Wallace's colleagues remember his life behind the scenes

(CBS News) The name Mike Wallace is synonymous with tough questions. He perfected the art on television.

But those hard-hitting stories were not necessarily his favorites. "60 Minutes" colleagues Morley Safer, Lesley Stahl and Steve Kroft discussed Wallace's favorite stories with CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley.

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Wallace loved stars and the brighter the better. He considered talking to Tina Turner at home in France one of his favorites.

"He loved being Mike Wallace," "60 Minutes" correspondent Lesley Stahl told Pelley. "He did. He did. You know, we always think of him as asking the question and putting the people up against the wall and all of that."

"But there was that adorable, impish, playful side of Mike," she continued. "When he liked somebody and it was kind of a softer story, he just let you know it and he had a good time on camera. He Had a good time with Vladimir Horowitz. So, I think the public saw -- well, you and I saw in the office -- when he was being like a teenage boy, being funny."

Watch Wallace's colleagues talk about what he was like on and off screen.

  • Scott Pelley

    Correspondent, "60 Minutes"