A goodbye to lovable contrarian Andy Rooney

A goodbye to lovable contrarian Andy Rooney

November 8th, 2011 in Opinion Free Press

In this Aug. 23, 2011 file image taken from video and provided by CBS, Andy Rooney tapes his last regular appearance on "60 Minutes" in New York. CBS says former "60 Minutes" commentator Andy Rooney died Friday Nov. 4, 2011 at age 92. (AP Photo/CBS)

In this Aug. 23, 2011 file image taken...

Photo by Associated Press /Times Free Press.

For more than three decades, Andy Rooney charmed and/or irritated millions of us with his irascible personality and sharply critical comments on vital world affairs and trivial meanderings on "60 Minutes" Sunday TV broadcasts.

Andy, as we all knew him, died Friday at age 92.

He was a World War II veteran who reported for the noted Stars and Stripes newspaper throughout the United States and the rest of the world. He later became a writer for famed Arthur Godfrey on television. But he became best known for his closing comments on "60 Minutes."

Andy Rooney prided himself on cleverly and humorously complaining on his broadcasts about people, events and products that annoyed him -- as he entertained us all.


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