Looking Older Happens To Everyone

Andy Rooney Ponders The Passing Of Time

The following is a weekly 60 Minutes commentary by CBS News correspondent Andy Rooney.

Have you ever been on television? The money is good but I hate it. It's sort of weird, too. I think we all have some idea of what we look like but if we see ourselves on television, it turns out we don't look like that at all.

I know I don't look like what I think I look like. I usually watch myself Sunday night and I don't look the same every week either. I told you a couple of weeks ago I've done about a thousand pieces here on 60 Minutes. I looked at some of them recently.

I used to look a lot younger than I do now. I don't know why that is. Sometimes I don't look younger, I just look funnier. Maybe I looked worse in 1978 than I do now. I hope so.

Hair makes the most difference in what a person looks like.

It's a depressing thought but all of us probably look our best at 21. Looking older happens to everyone of course.

There are two women on television I know who get better looking all the time, Diane Sawyer and Lesley Stahl. Diane has changed some over the years but she's still not what you'd call a homely woman. I see Lesley almost every day and she's as attractive and well got up around the office as she is on camera. Lesley was good-looking 20 years ago. She's better-looking now.

Women on television won't let their hair alone of course. Lesley has had a wide range of hair styles over the years. She probably spends more on her hair than on her clothes.

I spend a lot on my clothes, but not very often. I haven't bought a new suit in eleven years or had a haircut in five weeks. Women have their hair "done." Men have theirs cut. "Done" costs more.
Written By Andy Rooney