When does a wrinkled 84-year-old newsman trigger a trending topic? When it’s word that Morley Safer will leave “60 Minutes.”

Morley Safer of “60 Minutes.” Photo via Wikimedia Commons
Viewers are treating Safer’s retirement like the end of a Captain Kangaroo era. Fellow boomers are like that.

As The New York Times noted Wednesday:

“Morley Safer, the longest-serving correspondent on ’60 Minutes’ who was known as much for his hard-hitting reporting as the quirky stories he covered, will formally retire this week after a career in broadcast news that lasted more than 50 years, CBS said on Wednesday.

Safer served “for all but two of its 48 seasons. He started scaling back his appearances on the show after he turned 80; his last segment, a profile of the Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, aired in March.”

An hourlong program will air Sunday on CBS: “Morley Safer: A Reporter’s Life,” which will recall a Safer story that gained freedom for Lenell Geter, a black man who was wrongly convicted and sentenced to life in prison in Texas.

A flood of farewells:

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