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    Andy Rooney Signs Off Permanently
    (CNN) -- Longtime CBS News commentator Andy Rooney has died, CBS News reported Saturday. he was 92.
    He had been hospitalized after suffering "serious complications" following minor surgery last month.
    Rooney got his start in journalism during World War II, when he wrote for the "Stars and Stripes," and joined CBS in 1949 as a writer for Arthur Godfrey's radio and television entertainment show.
    He went on to collaborate between 1962 and 1968 on a series of essays with his friend the late newsman Harry Reasoner.
    He joined "60 Minutes" in 1978, according to CBS, beginning decades of show-ending essays on topics as varied as looking for a job ("We need people who can actually do things. We have too many bosses and too few workers. More college graduates ought to become plumbers or electricians, then go home at night and read Shakespeare."); his bushy eyebrows ("I try to look nice. I comb my hair, I tie my tie, I put on a jacket, but I draw the line when it comes to trimming my eyebrows. You work with what you got."); the "shock and awe" campaign that started the Iraq war in 2003 (the phrase "makes us look like foolish braggarts.")
    Rooney announced on Oct. 2, 2011 in his 1,097th essay for "60 Minutes" that he would no longer appear regularly.
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    This was the first thing I saw when I woke up this morning. Sad news. I enjoyed Andy Rooney quite a bit. Did you ever notice death? Everybody ends up with it.

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    That's sad, he had about 5 days of retirement.
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    I will miss Andy. He must be up there with St. Peter saying "Did you ever notice......"

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    He wanted to work until they day he died and he almost did. RIP, old boy. You did some great work and I hope you are with your dear wife once more.
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    You know the more I think about it, I am happy for Andy Rooney. He spent his entire adult life pursuing his love of writing. As an added bonus, he was getting payed to bitch about shit. Who wouldn't love to get paid to bitch and complain.

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    He lived the life he wanted to and did what he loved - we should all be able to claim that at 92 (or whenever the door shuts).
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    I had to laugh at a comment a friend made that they wondered if Andy found anything to complain about in heaven yet. RIP.

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    When he retired I knew he'd be dead in a couple of months. I figured he was either retiring because he was really ill, or he'd never last without his work. Well, he had a good long life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janet296 View Post
    Who wouldn't love to get paid to bitch and complain.
    Word.

    RIP.

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