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Bijoux0021
Nov 5th, 2011, 02:03 PM
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/06/us/andy-rooney-mainstay-on-60-minutes-dead-at-92.html?_r=1&hp

Andy Rooney, Mainstay on ‘60 Minutes’, Dead at 92

By RICHARD SEVERO and PETER KEEPNEWS
Published: November 5, 2011

Andy Rooney, whose prickly wit was long a mainstay of CBS News and whose homespun commentary on “60 Minutes,” delivered every week from 1978 until 2011, made him a household name, died Friday in New York City.

He was 92 and lived in Manhattan, though he kept a family vacation home in Rensselaerville, N.Y., and the first home he ever purchased, in Rowayton, Conn.

CBS News said in a statement that Mr. Rooney died after complications following minor surgery.

In late September, CBS announced that Mr. Rooney would be making his last regular weekly appearance on “60 Minutes” on Oct. 2. After that, said Jeff Fager, the chairman of CBS News and the program’s executive producer, he would “always have the ability to speak his mind on ‘60 Minutes’ when the urge hits him.”

But a little more than three weeks after that appearance, CBS announced that Mr. Rooney had been hospitalized after developing “serious complications” from an unspecified operation.

:sad:

Helen Lawson
Nov 5th, 2011, 03:03 PM
I thought he was a big turd.

Barrie_Dude
Nov 5th, 2011, 06:52 PM
I will miss the man. Very talented

HRHoliviasmith
Nov 5th, 2011, 07:54 PM
He lived a long, full life. Rest In Peace, Mr. Rooney.

mckyle.
Nov 5th, 2011, 08:47 PM
It's weird how he died right after retiring. It's like the job was keeping him alive.

cowsonice
Nov 5th, 2011, 09:07 PM
:sad:

*JR*
Nov 5th, 2011, 10:27 PM
I will miss the man. Very talented.

He was in an earlier phase of his life, when he was a WW II correspondent, and then worked for CBS as a producer and a reporter. But the short commentaries @ the end of 60 Minutes seemed pointless for a news show.

In other words, if someone noted for something else (like lets say Charles Barkley for his basketball career) mentions his golf game on an NBA studio show, its mildly interesting I guess. But when one (by then) known only for commentary tells you all the minutiae of their life, "so what". :shrug:

Like Mr. Rooney, you used to go to all the NY Giants home games @ the Meadowlands, fine. But when you said that trivia on TV time that since your retirement has meant that they could add a couple of minutes to other stories: "Because that's what I do", etc, etc, etc?
:confused:

Its like when Cher once condescendingly said in a commercial for some diet program or other: "We all know I'm not an angel..." I'm thinking: "look, I love your music, but don't pull that BS with the word WE, as if you know more than a tiny fraction of the viewers".

Commentary like the late John Chancellor used to do @ the end of NBC Nightly News @ least was about the real world other ppl live in. (Same with the late David Brinkley @ the end of ABC News' This Week after retiring as the host). Whereas Rooney's were like his personal minutiae was that interesting. (It wasn't).

Barrie_Dude
Nov 6th, 2011, 12:25 AM
He was in an earlier phase of his life, when he was a WW II correspondent, and then worked for CBS as a producer and a reporter. But the short commentaries @ the end of 60 Minutes seemed pointless for a news show.

In other words, if someone noted for something else (like lets say Charles Barkley for his basketball career) mentions his golf game on an NBA studio show, its mildly interesting I guess. But when one (by then) known only for commentary tells you all the minutiae of their life, "so what". :shrug:

Like Mr. Rooney, you used to go to all the NY Giants home games @ the Meadowlands, fine. But when you said that trivia on TV time that since your retirement has meant that they could add a couple of minutes to other stories: "Because that's what I do", etc, etc, etc?
:confused:

Its like when Cher once condescendingly said in a commercial for some diet program or other: "We all know I'm not an angel..." I'm thinking: "look, I love your music, but don't pull that BS with the word WE, as if you know more than a tiny fraction of the viewers".

Commentary like the late John Chancellor used to do @ the end of NBC Nightly News @ least was about the real world other ppl live in. (Same with the late David Brinkley @ the end of ABC News' This Week after retiring as the host). Whereas Rooney's were like his personal minutiae was that interesting. (It wasn't).
I thought his observations were interesting. And, certainly, with as much awful stuff being reported as "news", interjecting some humour/irony is worthwhile.

tonythetiger
Nov 6th, 2011, 06:27 AM
It's weird how he died right after retiring. It's like the job was keeping him alive.

Yeah, I know, Iwas thinking the same thing.