Legendary Journalist Andy Rooney Dies at Age 92

Legendary Journalist Andy Rooney passed away this morning at Age 92.  Andy Rooney, who made his last broadcast on 60 minutes on Oct 2nd, 2011, made his first appearance on 60 minutes  in 1978, became a permanent fixture on the broadcast the following year.


Rooney was born in Albany, New York and attended Colgate College in Upstate New York.  He made his mark when he started writing for the Stars and Stripes in 1942 in London during World War II.  In February 1943 he was one of six journalists that accompanied the 8th Air Force on its first bombing mission into Germany.  He was one of the first journalists to visit NAZI concentration camps at the end of the war and one of the first to start writing about it.  Although Rooney was a pacifist and was opposed to the war, he confessed later that what he saw in the concentration camps changed his mind about just wars.

Andy Rooney started his career at CBS in 1949 and wrote his first essay in 1964. After working on several programs on CBS he started his end show comments on 60 minutes in 1970. It can be said that Andy Rooney did it his way.  He appeared on 60 minutes almost to the end, with the final broadcast just over a month ago.

Andy was predeceased by his wife Marguerite (Maggie) who passed away in 2004 of heart failure.  He has four children, three daughters and one son.  His daughter Emily and son Brian have careers in broadcasting, his daughter Ellen is a photographer in London, while Martha is Chief of the Public Service Division at the National Library of Medicine.

Andy Rooney will be truly missed.  He was a fixture in many homes each Sunday night.  Politisite sends its condolences and prayers to Andy’s family.

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