Andy Rooney, 92, Says Goodbye To CBS's '60 Minutes'

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Longtime CBS 60 Minutes commentator Andy Rooney has retired from his weekly job after his 1097th on-air essay. The 92-year-old Rooney said goodbye to viewers Sunday night

DAVID GREENE, host: Let's turn now to another legend. Andy Rooney made his last regular appearance last night on CBS's "60 Minutes."


ANDY ROONEY: This is a moment I've dreaded. I wish I could do this forever.

LYNN NEARY, host: Over the last 30-plus years, Rooney's cultural essays have become a weekly staple. Here's an excerpt from one of our favorites.


ROONEY: People like to think that lovable old Andy Rooney still uses his 1920 Underwood typewriter. Well, sorry to disappoint you, but he doesn't. I wrote eight books on that and thousands of television scripts, but I've written on a computer for several years now. It's a great tool for a writer - but maddening.

Actually, I've written on a lot of computers. I had one typewriter for 50 years, but I've bought seven computers in six years. I suppose that's why Bill Gates is rich and Underwood is out of business.

GREENE: Well, he wrote more than a thousand essays. Rooney almost defined what it means to be a curmudgeon. When asked in last night's broadcast if he looks for trouble, Rooney said, no, it actually comes naturally. And he explained why he doesn't respond to viewer mail.


ROONEY: Who would want to answer an idiot who has the bad sense to write me a letter?

NEARY: The 92-year-old Rooney was asked on the CBS show what he would do if he had his life to live over again.


ROONEY: If I had my life to live over again, I'd be on television. I'd get on "60 Minutes" if I could and I'd do a piece every week of my own. I'd write it and say it. And that's what I'd like to do best.

NEARY: Andy Rooney on his last regular "60 Minutes" appearance.

And this is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Lynn Neary.

GREENE: And I'm David Greene.

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