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Years of minutes
Rooney, Andrew A.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Public Affairs, [2003]

Physical Description:
xiv, 523 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
General Note:
Essays adapted from the author's commentaries on the television news program, 60 minutes.
Added Uniform Title:
60 minutes (Television program)
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Andy Rooney's personal favorites from his twenty-five years as the resident commentator at the most popular news program in history. Andy Rooney has been at it for twenty-five years. It's time to celebrate. So here's the ultimate gift for every Rooney fan: an illustrated collection of Rooney's very best pieces from a quarter century at 60 Minutes . Readers can relive Rooney's sharpest investigative reports and his toughest interviews. Or they can sit back, put their feet up, and chuckle through some vintage Rooney rants: Andy grumbling about the clutter in our everyday lives; Andy skewering the pomposity of politicians; Andy telling the ugly truth about fad diets and dumb sports and our various obsessions with our own absurdities. In Years of Minutes, Andy Rooney, America 's best-loved humorist and commentator, offers his keenest observations in a lifetime spent studying -and laughing at -the joys and frustrations of American life.

Author Notes

Andy Rooney, January 19, 1919 - Andrew Rooney was born January 14, 1919 in Albany, N.Y. He attended Colgate University until he was drafted into the Army in 1941. In February 1943, he was one of six correspondents who flew with the Eighth Air Force on the first American bombing raid over Germany.

After the War, he wrote for "The Garry Moore Show" from 1959 to 1965, and for Arthur Godfrey from 1949 to 1955, both on CBS. He also wrote for CBS News public affairs broadcasts such as "The Twentieth Century," "News of America," "Adventure," "Calendar" and "The Morning Show with Will Rogers Jr." Rooney wrote the first example of what has become his specialty, the television essay, with "An Essay on Doors" in 1964. From 1962 to 1968, he collaborated with Harry Reasoner on such CBS News specials as "An Essay on Bridges" in 1965, "An Essay on Hotels" in 1966, "An Essay on Women" in 1967, "An Essay on Chairs" in 1968 and "The Strange Case of the English Language" also in 1968. "An Essay on War" in 1971 won Rooney his third Writers Guild Award. In 1968, he wrote two CBS News specials in the series "Of Black America." His script for "Black History: Lost, Stolen or Strayed" won him his first Emmy Award

In addition to his contributions to 60 Minutes, Rooney wrote, produced and narrated a series of broadcasts for CBS News on various aspects of America and American life, including "Mr. Rooney Goes to Washington," for which he won a Peabody Award, "Andy Rooney Takes Off," "Mr. Rooney Goes to Work" and "Mr. Rooney Goes to Dinner." The 2002-03 season marks Rooney's 25th season on 60 Minutes. His reports, "A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney," became a regular feature in September 1978. He won Emmy Awards for these essays in 1979, 1981 and 1982. On May 19, 2002 he presented his 800th segment on the broadcast.

Rooney, the CBS News correspondent, writer and producer, has won the Writers Guild Award for Best Script of the Year six times, more than any other writer in the history of the medium. Rooney's final regular appearance on 60 Minutes was on October 2, 2011, after 33 years on the show. It was his 1,097th commentary. He was hospitalized on October 25, 2011, after developing postoperative complications from an undisclosed surgery, and died on November 4, 2011, at the age of 92.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Here's another collection of essays from Rooney, the guy who appears at the end of 60 Minutes to talk about all things great and small. It's hard to imagine something he hasn't talked about: true-false tests, gloves (and the losing thereof), mail-order catalogs, magazine covers, pennies, minority groups, the war on Iraq, cloning, Abe Lincoln, the democratic process. Rooney cultivates his reputation as a curmudgeon--or, at least, as an entertaining whiner--but reading him, we realize that he has a sharp intellect, a knack for spotting life's little inconsistencies and annoyances, and a downright charming way of putting words together. There is one little quirk, though, that is certain to seem self-indulgent to many readers: contractions appear throughout the text without apostrophes (dont, doesnt, wasnt). That's the way he spells them when he writes his essays--which are meant, after all, to be read aloud--and that's the way he insisted his publisher spell them, too. Curmudgeons can get away with that kind of thing, especially if they have as many fans as Rooney does. --David Pitt Copyright 2003 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Rooney fans aren't the only readers who will appreciate this massive collection of missives. Anyone who's ever rolled their eyes at the absurdities of modern society will find a soul mate in the legendary curmudgeon, whose on-camera commentaries translate surprisingly well to the printed page (if you can get past his personalized punctuation, which he takes pains to explain in the foreword, but which will likely irritate grammatical purists). Perhaps because Rooney's appearances at the tail end of 60 Minutes are so brief and often caustic, it's tempting to dismiss him as a small-minded whiner who gets paid big bucks to rant about whatever has just crossed his mind. What will surprise readers is how thoughtful and well-constructed his opinions are, and that he is capable of sentimentality and bewilderment, and has a big and generous heart. Of course, it's easy to overlook that when he's lobbing politically incorrect grenades-about door-to-door census takers in Afghanistan, he writes, "Some of them dont even have doors"-, while the late Kurt Cobain is dismissed thusly: if he "applied the same brain to his music that he applied to his drug-infested life, its reasonable to think that his music may not have made much sense either." That's mean-spirited, maybe; but even at his most outrageous, there's usually a grain of truth in Rooney's taut and well-constructed musings. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Rooney began his 26th year as the commentator for the CBS show 60 Minutes in 2003. This book collects a number of those commentaries, aired from 1982 to 2003, with most years including 15 to 20 selections. Since many of them depend on visuals, pictures from the original broadcasts are sometimes included. Otherwise, they are presented with no additional commentary. Given their place on a news show, Rooney's writings often refer to current events and thanks to his excellent job of establishing his topics, few of them suffer from the lack of introduction. The book also includes a short forward by Rooney, much of which consists of his aversion to using apostrophes with contractions. Recommended for larger libraries.-Joel W. Tscherne, Cleveland P.L. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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