“I view art as an inspirational tool,” Thomas Kindaid told The New York Times in 2001. “People who put my paintings on their walls are putting their values on their walls: faith, family, home, a simpler way of living, the beauty of nature, quiet, tranquillity, peace, joy, hope. They beckon you into this world that provides an alternative to your nightly news broadcast.” And therein was revealed is disdain for the news. And who was a greater journalist than THE journalist, Mike Wallace.

Mr. Wallace, in addition to being the consummate newsman, was a handsome man. It is said that he did a “mirror, mirror” bit, like the evil queen in Snow White, but asking it instead who the most youthful one of all was. Yet, everytime, the answer came back the same. “Dick Clark.” No more need be known to understand Wallace’s selection. The Collective grieves for the loss of America’s oldest teenager. As he passes, so does our nation’s youthfulness.

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