Andy Rooney died over the weekend after signing off from 60 Minutes about a month ago. He was as cranky and quick-witted until the very end. The end came at the age of 92.
Rooney was one of a kind and one of the last of the great news writers from a stable of great news writers from CBS News. He was not good-looking and didn't have a great broadcasting voice, but he was a gifted writer and he made other broadcasters stand out with what he'd written. He is really not replaceable, but can be substituted for. I'm sure 60 Minutes will continue to move forward as it has in the past.
The long-time producer of the program, Don Hewitt, passed away a couple of years ago. In recent years, 60 Minutes has brought in some younger reporters. Seasoned veterans like Morley Safer don't appear much on the program these days.
Ed Bradley passed away and Mike Wallace left a few years ago and he is as old as Rooney. 60 Minutes is still a very good and relevant news program. Andy Rooney kind of lightened up the show even though he came on at the end of it. He did about a 4 minute commentary on whatever he felt like doing at the time. Some of those commentaries were things that a lot of us had thoughts about. A few of the topics were: junk mail, potato chips, sports events and politics just to name a few.
I would often watch 60 Minutes just to see what he had to gripe about. We won't have him around to do that anymore. He had a dry sense of humor. He said things that made us think and laugh. He was like the cranky old neighbor down the street or grandfather or shop owner or hospital patient. He was like all of those and more. He said some controversial things about gays, immigrants , minorities and others. He was who he was. I didn't like everything he said about some people, but I liked him and I'm sure a lot of other people liked him as well.
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