Longtime commentator for ’60 minutes’ will be doing his last show, on October 2nd and retiring. Andy Rooney is 92-years old and has been offering his very matter of fact opinions on the CBS news magazine show since 1978. Some of the things he is famous for reporting on include anything and everything from disappointing Christmas presents to annoying relatives, or the cost of gasoline. Each segment was about three minutes long and was often delivered in the tone of a bitter grandfather. The tone with which these segments were shown, often put the CBS show up for ridicule, most often from ‘Saturday Night Live’. However many fans welcome the satirical relief due to some intense muckraking often provided by other ’60 minute’ segments. Rooney also possessed an edgier side and often times found himself in a bit of hot water. For example, he once made the politically incorrect observation that Native Americans should not object to sports teams with names like the “Indians” or the “Redskins,” or commenting on how many baseball players had Hispanic names, unlike in his day when baseball greats were named Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.
“There’s nobody like Andy and there never will be. He’ll hate hearing this, but he’s an American original,” CBS News Chairmen Jeff Fager says in a statement. “His contributions to ’60 minutes’ are immeasurable; he’s also a great friend. It’s harder for him to do it every week, but he will always have the ability to speak his mind on ’60 minutes’ when the urge hits him.”
Rooney worked as a journalist in World War II and went on to start a career with CBS in his late 50s. Since starting a career on TV so late in life, he has hoped give inspiration and let people know that it is never too late to follow your dreams. Tune in to ’60 minutes’ on October 2nd, 2011 to see his final segment. To learn more about CBS or to add that to your satellite TV programming package visit us at DISH-Systems or call (866)989-3474. What has been your favorite ’60 minutes’ segment?