I’ve always loved Andy Rooney’s wry comments on the irritating things of everyday life. Made me think we had something in common. I admired his unflinching honesty and that he stood behind his convictions whether others thought he was right or wrong. A number of times he apologized if he felt he had made a mistake. Not often. I gave up watching 60 Minutes some years back when they changed their time slot. And, I gave up watching television almost completely since I’ve been on the road with Jim. Don’t miss it, but I had to watch 60 Minutes’ tribute to their uncompromising Irishman. It was an interview of a previously aired program. I was glad I watched it. I was surprised at how much about Rooney I didn’t know; his years with Godfrey, Reasoner, Cronkite. His original bits with 60 Minutes as a shadow character. His early career and awards.
The Seattle Post Intelligencer aired a video of Rooney’s final goodbye on 60 Minutes. I had never seen it. I was glad I watched it, too. His final statement that goes something like this: If you see me out to dinner, just let me eat my dinner. Typical crusty Rooney. I heard him say that several times over the years. He didn’t like people to bother him during his private time. He never let fame go to his head. He had substance, a great sense of humor, often serious, funny, sometimes angry, or silly; telling it like it was. Here is a link to his last program if you missed it to: