Don Hewitt was every reporter’s dream — a veritable quote machine.
The irrepressible “60 Minutes” creator, who lost his battle against pancreatic cancer Wednesday at age 86, had absolute opinions about absolutely everything, and he delivered them with evangelical passion.
Hewitt wasn’t always right, but he was always certain. What else would you expect from a guy whom 91-year-old Mike Wallace liked to call “kid?”
As I looked over the many interviews I did with Hewitt over 25 years, his statements about age and death were particularly resonant. Here are some of them:
“Will I die at my desk? I’m not going to die. This [news] release has to be my obituary, because there’s never going to be another one.”
-January 2003, on CBS’s announcement of his new 10-year contract.
“I like it that Mike calls me a kid. I am a kid. I’ve never grown up. I’d like to believe I have genetic wiring that keeps me young. There was a great line from Satchel Paige: ‘How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you was?’ I’d be 32.”
-January 2003, same interview.
“I’m going to stay at CBS until I go gaga. They signed me forever.”
-January 2004 interview.
More after the jump.