Before Signing Off, Some ‘Classic Morley Stories’

By Chris Ariens 

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Tonight at 8pmET, CBS will say goodbye to 60 Minutes correspondent Morley Safer, who, at 84, is retiring.

In 2011, 60 Minutes Overtime spoke with Safer about some of his most memorable interviews — from his profiles of Jackie Gleason (1984), Dolly Parton (2009) and Katharine Hepburn (1979), to his more offbeat stories like “Tango Finlandia” (1993) and “It’s a Long Way to Furudu” (1979).

In the halls of 60 Minutes, these are commonly referred to as “classic Morley stories.”

“The great joy of this work is that you’re really doing what you want to do, and mostly it’s fun,” Safer says.