Saturday, November 5, 2011
The passing of Andy Rooney was perhaps not unexpected after his retirement from 60 Minutes just over a month ago, but it's still a shock. Dean wrote a wonderful tribute to him here on The Flaming Nose at that time, with many great clips and a sincere appreciation and understanding of Rooney's immense contributions to TV journalism, humor, and truth-telling most of all. Please go back and check out Dean's remarkable post by clicking on this sentence.
You will also want to read some of the many well-written and comprehensive obituaries that are showing up as the news spreads of Rooney's passing. As a writer he had a long-lived and varied career, and managed to become a genuine household name when he began appearing on 60 Minutes back in 1978. His usually cranky, frequently hilarious, and sometimes controversial takes on modern society and popular culture put him into great historical company; Rooney would fit right into a line-up alongside comic commentators like Mark Twain, Will Rogers, H.L. Mencken and Robert Benchley from the fairly distant past. All combined a gift for gab with a keen mind and a wry take on modern life that hit a nerve with viewers and readers. Andy Rooney certainly did that, too.
CBS News and 60 Minutes covered his life and death here, The New York Times featured this obituary today, The Huffington Post reported his passing in this article, CNN published this obituary, show business trade paper The Hollywood Reporter posted this article today, and you also might want to check out his entry on Wikipedia.
Too many passings of too many good men with long television histories lately...