Memorable stories done by CBS' Morley Safer

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Posted: May 19, 2016 2:28 PM
Memorable stories done by CBS' Morley Safer

A look at some of the memorable stories that Morley Safer did in his 61-year career at CBS News, including 48 years at "60 Minutes":

—His 1965 CBS News piece showing U.S. Marines burning villagers' huts at Cam Ne in Vietnam was cited by New York University as one of the 20th century's best examples of American journalism. It won a George Polk award and an angry phone call to CBS News from President Lyndon Johnson.

—A 1971 investigation into the Gulf of Tonkin incident that began America's war in Vietnam won an Emmy Award.

—His 1975 interview with First Lady Betty Ford made news when she said she would think it was normal if her 18-year-old daughter were having sex.

—A 1983 report on Lenell Geter, a black Texas man serving a life sentence for armed robbery, won his release when the incorrect conviction was exposed. Safer won the Peabody, Polk and du Pont-Columbia journalism awards, and Geter credited him for saving his life.

—A 1996 story that debunked a book that claimed children who were taught by Marva Collins, a Chicago woman who ran an alternative school for disadvantaged youth, would not succeed in life. The story won a du Pont-Columbia award.

—His 1991 report, "The French Paradox," connected red wine consumption to lower incidences of heart disease in the French and led to a boom in red wine sales.

—Safer angered the some in the art community with his report, "Yes, But is it Art," which criticized contemporary art exhibits.

—His 1978 report, "The Music of Auschwitz," was about an inmate who played in an orchestra to avoid Nazi death chambers.