An icon passes away

On Friday evening a favorite of mine, and perhaps yours, passed away…Andy Rooney.  Since the fall of 1978, he has been a fixture on the CBS Sunday night show “60 Minutes”.

At the young age of 92, he retired from 60 Minutes last month, and I missed him.  Now, I will miss him more.

I miss his dry humor, his wit, his wisdom, his insights into some of the silly things we do, and, some of the silly things government does.

Here is a link to the video of Mr. Rooney’s first appearance on 60 Minutes.  If you were a fan of Mr. Rooney, go to the link.  If you never watched him, go to the link and see what you missed.

To me, the world of journalism has lost one of the best.


10 replies
  1. Benjamin Less
    Benjamin Less says:

    Mr Rooney was our neighbor here in Rowayton, CT.? It was perhaps my own daughters that asked him for his autograph once in front of the old [now gone] restaurant, the River Cat Grill.? “I don’t give autographys,” he said laughingly.? I believe 60 Minutes actually filmed his spots at his house on Rowayton Ave.? He’d tell the public it was from NY, but everything south of the Merritt Parkway, Fairfield County for him was NY anyways.? May have been a stretch of truth but for us, Mr. Rooney was our town icon, autographs or not.
    He will be missed.

  2. winnie
    winnie says:

    I grew up watching 60 Minutes every Sunday evening with my parents.? We didn’t have multiple television sets, and if I’m not mistaken we only had 4 stations (CBS,NBC & ABC…and, well, PBS…but they weren’t much for evening viewing unless you hit them on Masterpiece Theater night).? As a child, I found most of the 60 Minutes stories boring, but always looked forward to Andy Rooney.? After viewing the link you provided, SOS, of his first segment, you have to admit that he had a real talent for looking at statistics from the bright side…”fewer people dying of boredom”.?? Too funny.

  3. ricbee
    ricbee says:

    He was fun,oftentimes the best part of the show. He will still be quoted for the next 1/2 century-at least. Unless I live longer then that.

  4. Anne-EH
    Anne-EH says:

    This week will be a BIG catch-up week for me because of having no power for one week.

    Getting back about Mr. Rooney’s passing, truly he was a LIVING ICON in many ways.?

  5. Moe
    Moe says:

    I remember when he became a regular on “60 minutes”. ?Have several of his books; a?very amusing man. Now he belongs to the ages.?

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