Home Television Andy Rooney, 92, Goes Out The Right Way

Everyone should go the way Andy Rooney did yesterday. He was 92, and actually “retired” just a month ago. He certainly must have known in his heart back in September that that was it. But what a way to have lived: dozens of books based on his thousands of “60 Minutes” essays, as well as his memoirs about the early days of CBS news, television journalism and World War II. If you only know Andy Rooney from the last few years, he was worse when he was younger. A curmudgeon? Yes. He railed against authority. If he’d been of another generation, he probably would have joined Occupy Wall Street. He made some mistakes along the way, but not many. In a wire piece today there’s a report that 20,000 people complained to CBS a few years ago when he called Mel Gibson a nut on “60 Minutes.” Good for him. A great era dies with Andy Rooney. With Walter Cronkite gone, and Mike Wallace quietly serving out his retirement, the grand era of Edward R. Murrow’s CBS News is completely over. Rest in peace, Andy.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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