It’s the end of an era and for CBS News it’s been a good one. Last night’s appearance by 92-year old Andy Rooney was his final regular appearance on “60 Minutes”. It ends a career that’s extended over six decades, but according to Rooney he doesn’t consider himself retired. He says he always considered himself a writer and what he did on “60 Minutes” was simply read what he wrote.

He doesn’t intend to stop writing. He says “writers don’t retire and I’ll always be a writer.”

Rooney has had the “last word” on “60 Minutes” since 1978. Known as America’s lovable curmudgeon, Rooney has delivered 1,097 essays.
During World War Two he worked for the Army newspaper Stars & Stripes and was one of six journalists who flew on the first American bombing run over Germany. Last year he was presented the Overseas Press Club of America President’s award for those reports.
How many people can say they’ve worked for one employer for more than 60 years? Andy Rooney can. He first worked for CBS as a writer for “Arthur Godfrey Talent Scouts.” He also wrote for the “Gary Moore Show” and the public affairs program “20th Century”.
Some Andy Rooney quotes over the years –
  • “I don’t like food that’s too carefully arranged. It makes me think that the chef is spending too much time arranging and not enough time cooking. If I wanted a picture I’d buy a painting.”
  • “Anyone who watches golf on television would enjoy watching the grass grow on the greens.”
  • “Most of us end up with no more than five or six people who remember us. Teachers have thousands of people who remember them for the rest of their lives.”
  • “Most of us end up with no more than five or six people who remember us. Teachers have thousands of people who remember them for the rest of their lives.”
  • “The 50-50-90 rule: Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there’s a 90% probability you’ll get it wrong.”
  • “The average dog is nicer than the average person.”
  • “Vegetarian – that’s an old Indian word meaning lousy hunter.”
  • “We’re all proud of the making little mistakes. It gives us the feeling we don’t make any big ones.”
  • “People will generally accept facts as truth only if the facts agree with what they already believe.”
  • “Obscenities….I think a lot of dumb people do it because they can’t think of what they want to say they frustrated. A lot of smart people do it to pretend they aren’t very smart and just want to be one of the boys.”

SOURCE: cnn.com, wikipedia