A Colorful Person: Andy Rooney

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Old Whatshisname: that cranky guy.

I am starting a new monthly feature similar to Fresh Quotes. I will be publishing this right in the middle of each month and I thought The Ides of March would be the perfect time to introduce it.  I am calling it A Colorful Person for now. If I come up with a better name, which I hope I will, I will change it. Ideas anyone?  Every month I will feature a different person. Someone who has made the world a bit more colorful. Someone who I personally admire. Some of these people will be quite obvious, others not so much. Every one of them will be people who have shaped my thinking and helped make me the me I am today. (So you’ll know who to blame. haha)

This month’s Colorful Person is Andy Rooney; the cranky old guy who was a fixture on the TV show 60 Minutes for what seemed like 60 years. He passed away at the end of 2011 at the ripe old age of 92 and I miss him terribly especially on Sunday evenings.

Andy Rooney, writer

He was at heart a writer who said what he meant and he meant what he said. I started watching his stories on 60 minutes as a child and I continued watching until his last in October of 2011. He was an influence on me as a writer and as a person. He was the cranky Grandfather I never had.  He had tons of common sense and I’d like to share some of his plain talk wisdom with you today.

~SBI

…..and so, Here’s Andy…

Say What?

Say What?

“If dogs could talk it would take a lot of the fun out of owning one.”

Credit: Scubamom

Credit: Scubamom

“I’ve  learned ….  That opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss.”

 Science-of global warming

Credit: Public Domain

“People will generally accept facts as truth only if the facts agree with what they already believe.” 

Credit: Public Domain

Credit: Public Domain

I’ve learned that no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.” 

Sharing the love

“Did you ever hear one of those corny, positive messages on someone’s answering machine? ‘Hi, it’s a great day and I’m out enjoying it right now. I hope you are too. The thought for the day is share the love. Beep.’ ‘Uh, yeah, this is the VD clinic… speaking of being positive, your test is back. Stop sharing the love.”
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Hugh Hefner- Old fool

Credit: Public Domain

“Yes, we praise women over 40 for a multitude of reasons. Unfortunately, it’s not reciprocal. For every stunning, smart, well-coiffed, hot woman over 40, there is a bald, paunchy relic in yellow pants making a fool of himself with some 22-year old waitress. Ladies, I apologize. For all those men who say, “Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?”, here’s an update for you. Nowadays 80% of women are against marriage. Why? Because women realize it’s not worth buying an entire pig just to get a little sausage!”

Credit: Public Domain

Credit: Public Domain

“The best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.”

Andy Rooney at desk

“Writers don’t often say anything that readers don’t already know, unless its a news story. A writer’s greatest pleasure is revealing to people things they knew but did not know they knew. Or did not realize everyone else knew, too. This produces a warm sense of fellow feeling and is the best a writer can do.”

*All of the above quotes are credited to Andy Rooney

Through the Rainbow, public domain

Andy Rooney was born on January 14, 1919, in Albany, New York. During WWII, he wrote for the Army’s Stars and Stripes newspaper and was one of the first American journalists to visit and write about the German concentration camps. Rooney joined the staff of CBS’ 60 Minutes in 1968 and began his iconic “A Few Minutes With Andy Rooney” segment in 1978. Rooney’s final 60 Minutes essay aired in October, 2011. He died a month later at age 92.

Credit: Biography.com

Andy Rooney: My Lucky Life ( His last one) (youtube.com)

*** In the Andy Rooney spirit, I just hate deceptive packaging. (dakotatoday.typepad.com)

Andy Rooney Dead at 92 60 Minutes Commentator Dies (binsidetv.net)

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31 thoughts on “A Colorful Person: Andy Rooney

  1. Thank you for this Colorful Person Portrait for the Ides of March. I loved Andy’s tags at the end of 60 minutes. Please keep the title of this series — I think it’s a great fit. Blessings, alia

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    • Hello Alia! Thanks so much. I wasn’t sure how well this post and the intro to this series would be received. If you think I should keep the title I will. It fits my colorful theme of this blog. Thanks for stopping by. I hope the trip to see your son was good. Nice to see you!

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      • You are welcome. I’m of the mind that you can always change a name or a title, if something you like better comes along. And it certainly does fit to the rest of your already colorful theme. Thank you for asking about my trip; it was a great trip and my son is in wonderful shape (in all ways) after his three years with the Army.He grew up a lot and still has a great sense of humor. Love to you, Colorful One, Alia

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  2. Yep…. hearing the old curmudgeon’s bit was the best part of 60 minutes for sure. What a neat idea for a new theme. I do like it so much better than the prompts that WP throws around. :)

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    • Hey Gunta: Thanks. I had a soft spot for that old guy. He wasn’t a phony, he was his own man and didn’t care what anyone thought of him, plus he was entertaining. I have done one WP prompt and that was it and that was because it just happened to fit something I was already working on.

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  3. Beautiful quotes, especially the one – ‘the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person’. Thanks for this new idea of highlighting oldies.

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  4. I love the new post concept and I love this post. You’ve done Andy Rooney proud with your selection of quotes and images. Like you, I loved his 60Minutes segment and watched regularly. I don’t know of anyone who is taking his place, who is speaking plain truth in a way that shows that real life is stranger and more wonderful than anything we can make up.

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    • Hey Janet, I would LOVE to take his place! haha, I’m kind of kidding here. Notice I say “kind of”. If you happen to know any of the producers of 60 minutes, put in a good word for me, OK? ;) Life is strange, is it not?

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  5. What a great idea, to have a monthly focus on a colorful person who added a bit more color to the world. I agree that Andy Rooney did just that. I, like you, watched him when I was a child and all the way up until he passed. Thanks for all the great AR quotes – it was almost as if I could hear his voice read the words.

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  6. I enjoyed this piece! I have been an Andy Rooney fan since I was in high school and I certainly miss his views. He is definitely a person who has made the world a more interesting and colorful place. Thanks for writing this!

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