RIP, Andy Rooney

November 5, 2011

Andy RooneyAndy Rooney, the “60 Minutes” commentator known to generations for his wry, humorous and contentious television essays – a unique genre he is credited with inventing – died Friday night in a hospital in New York City of complications following minor surgery. He was 92, and had homes in New York City, Rensselaerville, N.Y. and Rowayton, Conn.’

His last appearance on 60 Minutes was on October 2—just one month ago.

Here’s a nice writeup from his hometown of Albany, New York.

We’ve quoted Mr. Rooney several times over the years. One of our very favorite of his many quibbling quips:

If dogs could talk it would take a lot of the fun out of owning one.

With that: RIP, Andy Rooney.

• The photo of a young Rooney is from a 2003 PBS story on the “Writing 69th,” a small group of war correspondents that Rooney worked with during World War Two. Rooney was the last surviving member of the group.