With news that legendary “60 Minutes” investigative reporter Mike Wallace died Saturday at the age of 93, Brooke Baker — the owner of Edmonds’ Chanterelle restaurant — on Sunday recalled her own encounter with Wallace and his “60 Minutes” crew more than 30 years ago.
To be clear, Baker wasn’t interviewed because she was doing anything wrong. She just happened to be working for a travel agency in Los Angeles in 1980 when a controversy broke about — of all things — stolen typewriters. “They were on a story about waiting lines to buy IBM Selectric typewriters while at the same time there were lots of stolen ones out there in the world,” Baker recalled. One of those typewriters happened to end up at the travel agency where she worked, and when she came back from lunch, found Wallace and his television crew plus the U.S. Justice Department and the Los Angeles Police Department, waiting to talk to her.
“It’s really one of the lamer stories they have done, but something I will never forget,” she said.
Baker’s supervisor, who had purchased the typewriter, wasn’t in the office when the crew arrived, but he was never charged in connection with the incident, she said. “My boss knew he was getting a super deal, but I don’t know that he knew (or maybe didn’t want to know) why,” she said.