Andy Rooney: 60 Years of Wisdom and Wit

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Click for availability and more information Andy Rooney: 60 Years of Wisdom and Wit, by Andrew A. Rooney
 
I admit it! I've always been an Andy Rooney "groupie". I've always found his observations on 60 Minutes a little irreverent, but highly entertaining. Now, having read Andy Rooney: 60 Years of Wisdom and Wit, I have a better understanding of the man. He's not just an old curmudgeon who complains about everything. He puts a lot of thought and effort into the pieces he writes for television. The book starts off with a description of growing up in New York state, attending Colgate (where he was on the football team) and being drafted during World War II. He wrote for Stars and Stripes, writing first-hand accounts of war. At one point, he was arrested on an Army bus for sitting with African-American soldiers. Rooney wrote exceptional pieces on heroism. Once the war was over, he started out as a free-lance writer, but ended up writing for Arthur Godfrey and then Garry Moore. He began working at CBS with Harry Reasoner on a series of specials, which covered bridges, hotels and the English language. When CBS refused to air his Essay on War, he left CBS. PBS aired it, and Rooney ended up with a Writer's Guild Award. He eventually went back to CBS, then moved to ABC. In 1962, Three Minutes With Andy Rooney was aired as a summer fill-in for Point/CounterPoint and has remained ever since. In 1990 he was suspended for remarks he made about homosexuals. (Unfortunately, this wasn't discussed at length anywhere in the book.) I love the arrangement of the book. There is a timeline in the beginning; a summary of his early life; stories from his Stars and Stripes days; numerous essays on all sorts of subjects; and an appendix with lists of his opinions, his "truths" and foods you may like but shouldn't eat! What really attracts me is his ability to approach any subject from an angle I never saw coming. This is a different type of book, well worth your time.
-Carl

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