The general public may not recognize his name but it’s likely most television viewers have seen his most famous creation at least once: 60 Minutes. Don Hewitt began his television career at CBS in 1948 and had a hand in Douglas Edwards With the News, See It Now, Person to Person and The CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite. But it is influential newsmagazine 60 Minutes, first broadcast on September 24th, 1968, for which he will be remembered in the annals of television history. Hewitt passed away earlier this week at the age of 86.
Here’s what The New York Times had to say about the premiere of 60 Minutes in a review published September 25th:
The Columbia Broadcasting System’s new alternate-week news magazine, “60 Minutes,” is something television has long needed. Last night’s edition explored only a few of the many possibilities open to an imaginative editor, but it was a worthwhile introduction.
Not all the segments were of equal interest, but one doesn’t expect that in a magazine.
The one-hour show is produced by Don Hewitt. Harry Reasoner and Mike Wallace were the hosts. 
“TV: C.B.S. News Magazine opens.” New York Times. 25 Sep. 1968: 94.