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'60 Minutes' humorist Andy Rooney dies at 92

Posted: Updated: Nov 5, 2011 09:07 AM CDT
The 92-year-old Rooney was a commonly featured commentator on "60 Minutes" since 1978. (Source: CNN) The 92-year-old Rooney was a commonly featured commentator on "60 Minutes" since 1978. (Source: CNN)

(RNN) - Former 60 Minutes humorist Andy Rooney died Friday, just a month after his final commentary aired, according to CBS.

According to media reports, Rooney, 92, died in New York City of complications following minor surgery.

Rooney was a commonly featured commentator on the program since 1978. After 33 years of delivering memorable monologues to audiences on a weekly basis, Andy Rooney signed off of 60 Minutes for the final time on Oct. 2.

Classic Andy Rooney-isms:

On eating better: Vegetarian: that's an old Indian word meaning lousy hunter.

On surviving the recession: When I go to a good restaurant here in New York for dinner, I often slip a roll in my pocket for breakfast the next morning. Taking a roll at a restaurant, that's not stealing, is it?

On Food: I don't like food that's too carefully arranged; it makes me think that the chef is spending too much time arranging and not enough time cooking. If I wanted a picture I'd buy a painting.

On Dogs: If dogs could talk it would take a lot of the fun out of owning one.

On Happiness: If you smile when no one else is around, you really mean it.

On Life: When life gets rough, put some gravy on it.

"When I was in high school, I had an English teacher who told me I was a good writer, so I set out to become a writer myself. I've made my living as a writer for 70 years now," he said on his final broadcast, also noting, "Writers don't retire, and I'll always be a writer."

Rooney began his career in journalism after writing for the Army newspaper the Stars and Stripes during WWII. He was one of only a handful of journalists who flew with the Eighth Air Force on the first American bombing raid in Germany in 1943.

In 1949, Rooney joined CBS as a writer and worked on popular shows like Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts, The Garry Moore Show and numerous CBS News public-affairs broadcasts.

But it's his end-of-show segment on 60 Minutes that he will be most remembered for.

In July 1978, with an essay about automobile fatalities on Independence Day, he closed the news show for the first time. By the fall of 1979 he became the shows permanent finale.

The segment was made famous by Rooney expressing his old-fashioned ways in almost an annoyed manner that many found humorous and heartfelt.

During his first season, and for the first time in the shows history, 60 Minutes took the No. 1 ratings spot.

CBS News chairman and the executive producer of 60 Minutes Jeff Fager called Rooney a great friend and that his contributions to the program are immeasurable, in a statement released by CBS before Rooney left the show.

"There's nobody like Andy and there never will be," Fager said. "He'll hate hearing this, but he's an American original."

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