Emmy award winning CBS ’60 Minutes’ curmudgeon commentator Andy Rooney died yesterday at age 92.
The definition of “curmudgeon” is a cranky, disagreeable, stubborn, old person.
Andy Rooney began his career with ’60 Minutes’ in 1978, and stayed with the show until October 2, 2011.
If imitation is flattery, Andy Rooney was certainly flattered by comedians constantly imitating his unique voice and delivery during the 1980s and 90s.
He had four children, Brian, Ellen, Emily, and Martha, with his wife, Marguerite (“Margie”) who died in 2004.
Andy Rooney is one of the “Greatest Generation” journalistic icons that started his career as a war correspondent for ‘Stars and Stripes’ during World War II.
He had told Tom Brokaw during the making of the “Greatest Generation” that he was initially opposed to the war in Europe, but not necessarily Japan.
He went on to say that the war in Europe was justified after he had witnessed first hand the brutality of the Nazi concentration camps.
According to CBS news report, Jeff Fager, chairman of CBS News and the executive producer of “60 Minutes” said, “It’s a sad day at ’60 Minutes’ and for everybody here at CBS News … It’s hard to imagine not having Andy around. He loved his life and he lived it on his own terms. We will miss him very much.”