R.I.P. Andy Rooney, dies at 92
Andy Rooney, who died Friday at age 92, was a favorite TV curmudgeon, that wacky uncle who sometimes had trouble confronting change -- like the e-books he discusses here.
The Baltimore Sun's TV blogger, David Zurawik, notes that Rooney "wrote for television since its birth, spending nearly 60 years at CBS, 30 of them behind the camera as a writer and producer, first for entertainment and then news programming, before becoming a household name – a role he said he was never comfortable in. He preferred to be known as a writer and was the author of best-selling books and a national newspaper column, in addition to his 60 MINUTES essays. But it is his television role as the inquisitive and cranky commentator on 60 MINUTES that made him a cultural icon. For 33 years, Rooney had the last word on the most watched television program in history. "
Rooney leaves behind a long list of entertaining video clips, which we can relive via YouTube. And for those with a curmudgeonly streak, there are always his printed words, in "Andy Rooney: 60 Years of Wisdom and Wit ," "My War" and other books.
R.I.P. Andy. I bet God's getting an earful right now.