by Eric Harrison
I grew up with Andy. I can remember the grey haired man on CBS News and 60 minutes commentating and bringing his presence to the world in a way he only could do. He would always ask a question that made you ponder and really wonder why.
“For over 30 years, Rooney had the last word on the most watched television program in history. Ratings for the broadcast rose steadily over its time period, peaking at a few minutes before the end of the hour, precisely when he delivered his essays – which could generate thousands of response letters” CBS News
Each Sunday, Rooney delivered one of his “60 Minutes” essays from behind a desk that he, an expert woodworker, hewed himself. The topics ranged from the contents of that desk’s drawer to whether God existed. He often weighed in on major news topics. In an early “60 Minutes” essay that won him the third of his four Emmy Awards, his compromise to the grain embargo against the Soviet Union was to sell them cereal. “Are they going to take us seriously as an enemy if they think we eat Cap’n Crunch for breakfast?” deadpanned Rooney.
Andy Rooney, the “60 Minutes” commentator known to generations for his wry, humorous and contentious television essays – a unique genre he is credited with inventing – died Friday night in a hospital in New York City of complications following minor surgery. He was 92, and had homes in New York City, Rensselaerville, N.Y. and Rowayton, Conn.
Rooney preferred to be known as a writer and was the author of best-selling books and a national newspaper column, in addition to his “60 Minutes” essays. CBS News
No one could ever ask a question like you Andy: “Why is it I say to myself” or “Do you ever wonder why…”
You will be missed.
We Love You Andy…