Why is Andy Rooney the oldest weekly television pundit at 92? Did he forget to negotiate a retirement clause in his contract?
This fact will change on Sunday when he delivers his last broadcast on 60 Minutes according to CBS News officials. Rooney has been offering his unique brand of satire since 1978 on the iconic news magazine since 1978. Morley Safer will appropriately profile his peer in a segment preceding the final essay presented by Rooney. Sources say, Andy has shared points-of-view about Americana almost 1,100 times during his closing segments on 60 Minutes.
Why has Andy Rooney become the televised version of your grandpa, who shares old war stories repeatedly? And, why aren’t you fascinated by his compelling stories? Does familiarity really breed contempt?
Andy Rooney began his newspaper career in newspapers while in the Army. He began writing for Stars and Stripes in London during World War II. While traveling with the Eighth Air Force, he was one of six correspondents who flew on the first American bombing raid over Germany. He was one of the American journalists to chronicle Nazi attrocities.
After the war, Rooney joined CBS as a staff writer for Arthur Godfrey and Garry Moore. The news division hired him for work on The 20th Century. During the 1960’s, Andy began starring in a series of prime-time specials that showcased his humor. Emmys and a Peabody Award followed.
Do the American people truly find his humor funny? When Jerry Seinfeld makes similar observations, some folks feel he’s clearly cranky…or worse, just plain silly…
Andy Rooney is a precious treasure. His trademark self depracating approach has allowed viewers of 60 Minutes to accept these fabulous essays with water-cooler enthusiasm that captured the pulse of what the United States uniquely stand for, politically and otherwise.
As joins the ranks of the unemployed, Andy Rooney can now spend his retirement rooting for his beloved New York Giants. He’s a season ticket holder.
I hope his team wins one for their #1 fan. What a nice present for a guy who has provided commentary with a great big bow on a weekly basis for a long time. We’d all like that…don’t you think?
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