CBS said the former "60 Minutes" commentator died Friday at age Just a month ago, Rooney delivered his last regular essay on the CBS newsmagazine.
He died Friday night, according to CBS, only a month after delivering his 1,th and final televised commentary. 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 names.
Smith who made Mrs. As it turned out, there was no Mrs. He complained about people who keep track of how many people die in car accidents on holiday weekends. He loved his life and he lived it on his own terms. We will miss him very much. His last wish from fans: If you see him in a restaurant, just let him eat his dinner.
Rooney was a freelance writer in when he encountered CBS radio star Arthur Godfrey in an elevator and — with the bluntness that millions of people learned about later — told him his show could use better writing.
Godfrey hired him and bywhen he moved to TV, Rooney was his only writer. For many years, 60 Minutes was the most popular program on television and a dose of Rooney was what people came to expect for a knowing smile on the night before they had to go back to work.
He returned to CBS three years later as a writer and producer of specials. Notable among them was the Mr. Rooney Goes to Washington, whose lighthearted but serious look at government won him a Peabody Award for excellence in broadcasting.
CBS suspended him for three months in for making racist remarks in an interview, which he denied. Rooney, who was arrested in Florida while in the Army in the s for refusing to leave a seat among blacks on a bus, was hurt deeply by the charge of racism.
The AP switchboard was flooded by some 7, phone calls and countless postcards were sent to the AP mail room. Even in petty things in my life I tend to strike back. Bush administration launched it in Andrew Aitken Rooney was born on Jan. Department of Defense newspaper, Stars and Stripes.
With another former Stars and Stripes staffer, Oram C. Hutton, Rooney wrote four books about the war. A Report to the American Stockholders, documenting offenses against the Germans by occupying forces. Rooney and his wife, Marguerite, were married for 62 years before she died of heart failure in They had four children and lived in New York, with homes in Rowayton, Conn.
National Library of Medicine.Feb 28, · Letter Walter Cronkite and the Vietnam War. A former CBS Evening News producer discounts the notion that America lost the war because of the press, especially Mr.
Cronkite. Mr. Rooney occasionally weighed in on more serious topics, such as a segment about the war in Iraq. “We didn’t shock them and we didn’t awe them in Baghdad,” Mr.
Rooney said less than two weeks after the war began, citing a slogan used by the Bush administration to promote the invasion. It was first shown on PBS in and '72 as an unpredictable variety show called "The Great American Dream Machine." By the way - full disclosure - I wrote the essay that comes with this box set.
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The majority of . 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. Rooney angrily left CBS in when it refused to air his heated essay about the Vietnam War.
He went on TV for the first time, reading the essay on PBS and winning a Writers Guild of America.