There can’t be many people on this part of the planet who are not familiar with Andy Rooney who has just died at the age of 92.  His weekly essay on  “60 Minutes” went on for decades.

Rooney was our favourite curmudgeon.  He was best when negative.   He railed against “two-prong plugs in a three-pronged society,” the incompatability of road maps, “wash and wear shirts” that you can wash but not wear, big cereal boxes with little cereal in them.

Rooney was not everyone’s cup of tea!  He was suspended several times for inappropriate comments about blacks, Kurt Cobain and gays.  Some thought he was so acerbic he was not much more than a crank.

Did Andy Rooney turn your crank?

What do you think?


  1. 1

    I have several of his books, so I must have found him entertaining, at the very least!

  2. 2
    Neil McKenty Says:

    My problem is why so many people found Rooney entertaining when he was consistently grouchy and negative.

  3. 3

    He may have been cranky, but he was short & sweet!

  4. 4

    I think he provided a contrast to the rest of the program. For the rest of that hour, we saw Mike and Harry and whoever grilling some guy,or some poor sap yelling ` No comment ` as the cameras pursued him.

    Andy complained about simple,trivial things,the stuff that many of us could relate to and chuckle at.

    I wonder if he`ll get up at his eulogy to complain about the choice of suit he`ll be laid out in.

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    Tony Kondaks Says:

    Never liked him.

    But I loved it when Sacha Baron Cohen ambushed Rooney for his old Ali G show. It’s three minutes long…go to youtube and search “ali g rooney”. Hilarious!

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