One of the great stories of the war had fallen into my lap. He recounted that what he saw in those concentration camps made him ashamed that he had opposed the war and permanently changed his opinions about whether "just wars" exist. For his service as a war correspondent in combat zones during the war, Rooney was decorated with the Bronze Star Medal and Air Medal. In addition to recounting firsthand several notable historical events and people including the entry into Paris and the Nazi concentration campsRooney describes how it shaped his experience both as a writer and reporter.
But if there's a hereafter for the once lovably cantankerous commentator on CBS News' "60 Minutes," he, even as a new arrival, would already have some pointed reactions - and some bones to pick. But who can sleep with all that harp-playing?
Maybe he's still miffed about the long line at the Pearly Gates. And, though he was never a fashion plate, he might have a beef with wearing white after Labor Day. That was Rooney's style during his year life and remarkable career.
He shrewdly observed the world he shared with the rest of us, and then gave voice to the everyday vexations and conundrums that afflict us all.
Words, not vamping for the camera, were his stock in trade since his first "60 Minutes" essay injust as words were his business for more than 30 years before that.
During his CBS career, he had a syndicated newspaper column and published 16 books. So it was logical that he would join "60 Minutes" with its inception in After all, the legendary creator of "60 Minutes," Don Hewitt, is well remembered for insisting that, even on the visual medium of TV, the words should come first and the pictures follow.
A decade later, Rooney was At an age when many people might be pondering retirement, he took his seat before the camera to deliver his first "60 Minutes" essay. Beetle-browed and rumpled, he wasn't telegenic by conventional standards. But nobody minded, or even noticed.
Viewers listened to his words and his wry delivery, and he caught on. One reason is clear: He tapped into experiences common to his audience. In his opinion pieces, he drew from a wellspring of random nuisances and absurdities, noting how life often doesn't add up, especially in the modern day.
This nettled him mightily, and his essays gave us license to be irked, too, as we tapped into our own inner fuddy-duddy. One Sunday, for example, Rooney focused on motion-picture credits. There are too many of them. They take too long.
Things were better when he was a kid, without all those names cluttering the screen and wasting everybody's time.Rooney joined the staff of CBS' 60 Minutes in and began his iconic "A Few Minutes With Andy Rooney" segment in Rooney's final 60 Minutes essay aired in October, He died a month Born: Jan 14, Sep 27, · With 1, essays for 60 Minutes under his belt, Andy Rooney will deliver his 1,th on Sunday's broadcast.
And it will be his last as a regular contributor. NEW YORK -- With 1, essays for "60 Minutes" under his belt, Andy Rooney will deliver his 1,th on Sunday's broadcast.
And it will be his last as a regular contributor. And it will be his last. The Andy Rooney Papers, , reflect Rooney’s professional and personal activities throughout his lifelong career in written and broadcast journalism. Broadcast transcripts and script drafts, creative works, manuscripts, correspondence, columns, newspaper clippings, photographs, audiovisual materials, and artifacts document both his.
Oct 26, · Andy Rooney, who delivered his last essay on the CBS TV newsmagazine 60 Minutes three weeks ago, was in the hospital Tuesday after developing serious complications following surgery. NEW YORK -- 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.