Andy Rooney will do his last “Few Minutes” segment on “60 Minutes” Sunday night.
And then what will the 92-year-old do? Most likely, he’ll focus solely on his career as a writer, which is how he’s most often identified himself anyway.
To those of us who’ve enjoyed his signature ruminations, delivered with an oft-grumpy, sometimes whiney, occasional awe-filled and usually righteous tone, we know this is the end of an era we ought to celebrate and examine.
Since 1978, Mr. Rooney has been a fixture on our TV sets. If you’re like me, a member of the generations that recall our first microwaves, still cherish our first VHS tapes, used a typewriter, and recall the days when pay phones and big blue USPS mailboxes weren’t relics, you miss Mr. Rooney already.
I was only three when the writer-broadcaster began to share his views on, well, everything: annoying relatives, the cost of groceries, pop stars and parking issues. I was at least 13 when I sat on the floor in my grandparents’ living room after being shushed so we could hear “what Andy has to say.”
My grandparents have since died, but on Sunday nights when I’m home with my dogs, I often tuned in to hear “what Andy had to say,” partially because I really wanted to know, but also because I miss that simpler time Mr. Rooney always evoked.
Even when the legendary personality shared sentiments that made me cringe — and he’d later face public lambasting by the media — or seemed to be doing nothing more than complaining, I still tuned in the next time because what “Andy had to say” was worth a few minutes of mine.
Mr. Rooney once said:
“Let’s face it, even on the nights when I’m good, I’m not that good.”
I beg to differ, and so do many others.
I look forward to “A Few Minutes With Andy Rooney” this Sunday. Here’s hoping they won’t be the last.
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Angie Fenton is Managing Editor of The Voice-Tribune, a Blue Equity company. She is also an entertainment correspondent for WHAS11′s new morning show, “Great Day Live!”, which debuted August 22 on Louisville’s ABC affiliate. Additionally, Angie is an entertainment correspondent for the Saturday Morning Show with Ron ‘n’ Mel Fisher on 84WHAS (840 AM) and has served in the same capacity for Churchill Downs, the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks; Breeders’ Cup; and Circuit of the Americas during the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix in November 2012. Angie also serves as an emcee, host, voiceover professional and on-camera commercial talent.
Angie has a bachelor’s and master’s in English from Central Michigan University and began her career as an adjunct professor at her alma mater. She is the youngest of five — four of whom were adopted, including Angie, and none of whom are biologically related. She is also a Michigan native who moved to Kentucky in June 2002. Angie is owned by two dogs — Herbie and Yoda — and feels lucky to have loved and been loved by many more, including Pooch, Jessie, Onyx, Jack and Big Bud, who took his last breath on Christmas Day 2012.