Andy's Favorite Place 12/4/05
In 2005, Andy Rooney revealed his favorite place in the world. It was his handmade wooden desk, the same desk he sat behind every week as he delivered his commentaries on "60 Minutes."
How opinionated was Andy Rooney? When Andy passed away recently at the age of 92, he left behind 1,097 essays from his regular 60 Minutes segment, "A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney."
There may be no better way to remember and honor America's favorite curmudgeon -- and our much-missed colleague -- than to take a look at some of those pieces and let Andy, as he always did on 60 Minutes, have the last word.
Even though few of us here at "60 Minutes" can remember a time when Andy wasn't on the show, he had a long reporting and writing career before "60 Minutes." Andy was a newspaper man for "Stars and Stripes" during the World War II; a writer for Arthur Godfrey's variety show and "The Garry Moore Show" in the 1950s; and then he switched to news and public affairs reporting, which included producing pieces for colleague and friend Harry Reasoner.
His very first piece was called "A Digression," but known around the office as "Silhouettes." It was seen on the premiere episode of "60 Minutes" back on September 24, 1968.
By 1978, he was the Andy many of you probably remember -- a voice of opinion, candor, and humor here at "60 Minutes." As Morley Safer describes his longtime friend and colleague, "he had an axe to grind about almost everything."
- MJ's "manifesto," penned in 1979
- Bill Gates on Steve Jobs: We grew up together
- Becoming human: Shin's new life
- Behind the scenes at a Taylor Swift concert
- Angelina Jolie: I would love to live a long life
- Taylor Swift: All grown up
- How Bill Gates' school launched his life's work
- Married life in a tent. How do they do it?
- Snake bite! A 60 Minutes shoot in Botswana
- Do you have trouble recognizing faces? Take a test
- Are you a "super-recognizer"? Take a test
- Dr. Jack Kevorkian's "60 Minutes" interview
- Steve Jobs: Family photo album
- 1960: First televised presidential debate
- Interviews with Kony's child soldiers
- From soldier to mad scientist: Kit Parker's lab