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Andy Rooney, "America's Favorite Grump," passed away this morning from complications arising from minor surgery. He was admitted to the hospital on October 25th. CBS announced his death. He was 92.
Andy made his last regular appearance on “60 Minutes” on the second of October. He had spent 33 years entertaining Americans with his dry wit and questioning ways. Every Sunday, he offered his cranky opinion on a wide range of topics to millions of Americans.
Born on January 14th, 1919, Andy went on to Albany Academy, and later to Colgate University. He was drafted into the Army in 1941. It was in the Army that Andy began his newspaper career. In 1942, he became a writer for the “Stars and Stripes,” during his stint in London. Mr Rooney was a pacifist until he visited the concentration camps towards the end of the war. It was then that he changed his position.
After the war, Andy continued to use his talent as a writer. In 1949, he joined “Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts,” by 1952, the program was a number one hit. During that period, Andy also wrote for the “Arthur Godfrey Time” as well as the “Garry Moore Show.” He would also begin working with CBS writing for various CBS News public affairs programs.
By 1964, Mr. Rooney was writing essays for CBS. When CBS refused to broadcast his “Essay on War,” Andy quit CBS and went to PBS, where he read his essay on air there. It was his first television appearance. He won his third Writer’s Guild Award for that appearance.
He returned to CBS in 1973. He began appearing in many of that network’s prime time specials, such as “In Praise of New York” in 1974, “Mr Rooney goes to Washington,” in 1975, “Mr. Rooney goes to Work” in 1977 and “Mr. Rooney Goes to Dinner” in 1978.
In that same year, 1978, Andy would replace “Point/Counterpoint” for the summer during the closing minutes of “60 Minutes,” “Three Minutes or So With Andy Rooney,” proved a hit and would air on alternate weeks with “Point/Counterpoint,” until “Point/Counterpoint” was dropped all-together in 1979. He would spend the next three decades entertaining Americans during the last minutes of “60 Minutes” with his segment that had now been changed to “A Few Minutes With Andy Rooney.”
Mr Rooney considered his opinions liberal. He also claimed to be an Agnostic, which he proclaimed in his 1999 book. By 2008, he had upped his claim to Atheist. He poked fun at the church and religion several times through the years on his segment.
Andy left behind four children Brian, Emily, Martha and Ellen. His wife, Marguerite Rooney nee Howard passed on in 2004 of heart failure. Andy Rooney will be missed by all. He will live on in the hearts and minds of all who watched his segment on Sunday evenings.
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