YJI's Brian LaRue is pleased to meet Mike Wallace of CBS
at a June 1996 Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc.
conference in Providence, Rhode Island. Looking on in
the background is YJI alum Corrie Balash.
Brian LaRue, left, watches as Mike
Wallace writes in his notebook.
I asked him to sign one of my notebooks. He obliged and offered a few encouraging spoken words.
After he walked away, I looked down at my notebook, where I read, "Brian -- Beef! Mike Wallace."
I was perplexed. "'Beef?!' What the hell is that??"
Thought about it for ages. Why would Mike Wallace just say 'beef,' apropos of nothing?
Four years and change later, when I was clearing out my bedroom in my parents' house to move into my first real apartment, I found that notebook, found that signature, and realized, "Oh! -- 'Brian -- Best! Mike Wallace.'"
So, yeah. Thanks for all those decades of service, Mr. Wallace. Beef, sir.