I met Morley in 1969 when he was the CBS bureau chief in London, where he developed a taste for custom-made tweed suits and silk pocket handkerchiefs. He was debonair. But there was always something a little off, just a tad rumpled, which made you like him.
He was as much fun as his stories, which were often full of whimsy, like the one about how much the dour Finns like to tango. And nothing on TV was ever better than his interviews with women: Katharine Hepburn, Dolly Parton, Helen Mirren. There was always the moment when you knew he had been seduced!
Just before his death from pneumonia on May 19, I interviewed him about being a grandfather. He lamented his old age: “Now I won’t live long enough to see my grandchildren succeed and do the right things in life.” As he did.
Stahl is a 60 Minutes correspondent and author of Becoming Grandma: The Joys and Science of the New Grandparenting
This appears in the June 06, 2016 issue of TIME.
- LeBron James Could Take Pickleball—Yes, Pickleball—to the Next Level
- It's Going to Be a Lot More Expensive to Heat Your Home This Winter. Here's What To Expect
- The U.S. Might Be the Surprising Determining Factor in the Future of Armenia
- Rapper Saucy Santana Is Opening a Door For His Community
- Here are the Biggest Moments from the TIME100 Leadership Forum and Impact Awards in Singapore
- Column: Russia Wants to Lock Ukraine Back in the Soviet Cellar
- As the Kanjuruhan Tragedy Shows, Indonesia Has Not Resolved Its Long-Standing Problem of Soccer Violence
- Here's Everything New on Netflix in October 2022
- A New Documentary Series Illuminates the History and Evolution of Queer Horror