Andy Rooney died yesterday. He was 92.
I had a bad feeling when he didn’t show up on the television show 60 Minutes for several weeks in a row, and then went on to announce that he was retiring—after 60 years at CBS.
He was America’s Curmudgeon, and, after the three segments of 60 Minutes, I always left it on to see what Andy would say. A lot of the time I wasn’t interested in his rants, but he was often on the mark. I’ll miss him.
Some of his best pieces have been collected here. I love “Mixed nuts” from 1997. Haven’t you ever wondered whether you were being cheated by the presence of so many peanuts? (I’m one of those cheaters who always picks out the cashews.) Andy got paid to answer questions like that (he did more serious pieces, too, of course), and that’s a job I’d love!