Andy Rooney, the outspoken curmudgeon commentator on the CBS program 60 minutes died on Friday in New York City. He was 92.
Rooney used his segment, "A Few MInutes With Andy Rooney," as spring board for his witty, yet abrasive comments on everything from the proper design of a coat to the tuition at colleges.
"Andy Rooney occupied a special place in the hearts of Americans," said Sean McManus former president of CBS News. Even when controversial comments were sometimes enough to get Rooney suspended.
Rooney was drawn to journalism from the start and once commented that the luckiest thing that ever happened to him was landing a job with the Armed Forces newspaper, Stars and Stripes when he was private in the Army in 1942.
Asked about retirement in 2010 he shot back, "retire...from what? life?" Rooney said.
Lasting from 1978-2011 the segment was a regular part of the CBS show 60 minutes.