The best of Andy Rooney
On the first anniversary of Andy Rooney's death, there is no better way to celebrate America's favorite curmudgeon than to let Andy do the talking. In his 40 years on the "60 Minutes" broadcast, he did well over a thousand essays, airing complaints on every imaginable topic. In memory of Andy, here are a few of his best.
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 we know today -- a voice of opinion, candor, and humor here at "60 Minutes."
- Martorano: I'm a "government witness" not a "rat"
- Drug traffickers' vehicle of choice
- Soccer academy La Masia: A model for the U.S.?
- Sagrada Familia: The construction zone tour
- Bill Gates on Steve Jobs: We grew up together
- Becoming human: Shin's new life
- Do you have trouble recognizing faces? Take a test
- Sugar and kids: The toxic truth
- Dr. Jack Kevorkian's "60 Minutes" interview
- Filming mountain climber Alex Honnold
- A surprise interview, explained
- The original 60 Minutes story in HBO's "Game Change"
- MJ's "manifesto," penned in 1979
- Steve Jobs: Family photo album
- A chess prodigy explains how his mind works
- Qatar? Easy for you to say...