The newsman who created 60 Minutes, Don Hewitt, is gone.
Hewitt passed a month after fellow CBS journo/TV legend Walter Cronkite from pancreatic cancer at 86.
The producer/writer joined CNS News in 1938 and oversaw the first televised presidental debate between JFK and Nixon in 1960.
Hewitt dreamed of a digets type new program that would open with a ticking clock and when CBS execs OK’d the concept 60 Minutes was born in 1968.
For years, 60 Minutes was one of TV’s top-rated shows.
"The formula is simple," Hewitt wrote in his memoirs, "and it’s reduced to four words every kid in the world knows: Tell me a story.
"It’s that easy."
After Cronkite’s death, Hewitt said, "How many news organizations get the chance to bask in the sunshine of a half-century of Edward R. Murrow followed by a half-century of Walter Cronkite?"
The same can be said of Don Hewitt, newsman and TV pioneer.