November 5, 2011 7:12 a.m.
Andy Rooney so dreaded the day he had to end his signature “60 Minutes”
commentaries about life’s large and small absurdities that he kept going until
he was 92 years old.
Even then, he said he wasn’t retiring. Writers never
retire. But his life after the end of “A Few Minutes With Andy Rooney” was
short: He died Friday night, according to CBS, only a month after delivering his
1,097th and final televised commentary.
Rooney had gone to the hospital
for an undisclosed surgery, but major complications developed and he never recovered.
“Andy always said he wanted to work until the day he died, and
he managed to do it, save the last few weeks in the hospital,” said his “60
Minutes” colleague, correspondent Steve Kroft.
Rooney talked on “60 Minutes” about what was in the news, and his opinions occasionally got him in
trouble. But he was just as likely to discuss the old clothes in his closet, why
air travel had become unpleasant and why banks needed to have important-sounding
Rooney won one of his four Emmy Awards for a piece on whether
there was a real Mrs. Smith who made Mrs. Smith’s Pies. As it turned out, there
was no Mrs. Smith.
“I obviously have a knack for getting on paper what a
lot of people have thought and didn’t realize they thought,” Rooney once said.
“And they say, `Hey, yeah!’ And they like that.”
Looking for something
new to punctuate its weekly broadcast, “60 Minutes” aired its first Rooney
commentary on July 2, 1978. He complained about people who keep track of how
many people die in car accidents on holiday weekends. In fact, he said, the
Fourth of July is “one of the safest weekends of the year to be going
More than three decades later, he was railing about how
unpleasant air travel had become. “Let’s make a statement to the airlines just
to get their attention,” he said. “We’ll pick a week next year and we’ll all
agree not to go anywhere for seven days.”
In early 2009, as he was about
to turn 90, Rooney looked ahead to President Barack Obama’s upcoming
inauguration with a look at past inaugurations. He told viewers that Calvin
Coolidge’s 1925 swearing-in was the first to be broadcast on radio, adding,
“That may have been the most interesting thing Coolidge ever did.”
“Words cannot adequately express Andy’s contribution to the world of journalism and the
impact he made — as a colleague and a friend — upon everybody at CBS,” said
Leslie Moonves, CBS Corp. president and CEO.
Jeff Fager, CBS News chairman and “60 Minutes” executive producer, said “it’s hard to imagine not
having Andy around. He loved his life and he lived it on his own terms. We will
miss him very much.”
For his final essay, Rooney said that he’d live a life luckier than most.
“I wish I could do this forever. I can’t, though,” he said.
He said he probably hadn’t said anything on “60
Minutes” that most of his viewers didn’t already know or hadn’t thought. “That’s
what a writer does,” he said. “A writer’s job is to tell the truth.”
True to his occasional crotchety nature, though, he complained about being famous or
bothered by fans. His last wish from fans: If you see him in a restaurant, just
let him eat his dinner.
Rooney was a freelance writer in 1949 when he
encountered CBS radio star Arthur Godfrey in an elevator and — with the
bluntness millions of people learned about later — told him his show could use
better writing. Godfrey hired him and by 1953, when he moved to TV, Rooney was
his only writer.
He wrote for CBS’ Garry Moore during the early 1960s
before settling into a partnership with Harry Reasoner at CBS News. Given a
challenge to write on any topic, he wrote “An Essay on Doors” in 1964, and
continued with contemplations on bridges, chairs and women.
“The best work I ever did,” Rooney said. “But nobody knows I can do it or ever did it.
Nobody knows that I’m a writer and producer. They think I’m this guy on
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
1547 966557 55
his path of destiny / how he learned what he was here to learn = 55 = Insightful. Brilliant. Writer. Having a way with words.
Andy Rooney was born on January 14th, 1919 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andy_Rooney
January 14th, 1919
1 + 14 +2+0+1+1 = 19 = his personal year (from January 14th, 2011 to January 13th, 2012) = Proud of his hard earned success.
19 year + 10 (October) = 29 = his personal month (from October 14th, 2011 to November 13th, 2011) = Skilled. Talented.
29 month + 4 (4th of the month on Friday November 4th, 2011) = 33 = his personal day = He loved his life and he lived it on his own terms.
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