Wednesday, October 26, 2011
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Longtime newsman Andy Rooney,92, remains hospitalized in stable condition after suffering "serious complications" following minor surgery last week.
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. Rooney went on to collaborate between 1962 and 1968 on a series of essays with his friend the late newsman Harry Reasoner.
Rooney joined "60 Minutes" in 1978, according to CBS, thus 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.")
"This is a moment I've dreaded," he said during his 1,097th and last appearance on October 2. "I wish I could do this forever. I can't, though. But I'm not retiring. Writers don't retire, and I'll always be a writer."