A.B.C. news reports that long time C.B.S. commentator and reporter Andy Rooney has died at age 92. Rooney was one of the last World War II journalists and links to the heyday of broadcast journalism.
Rooney was a writer for many of the biggest names in television in its first decade too, writing for Arthur Godfrey and Garry Moore. He was a noted essayist who was unafraid to go in his own direction. He started as a weekly commentator on C.B.S.'s 60 Minutes in 1978 and held that spot until only a month ago when he announced his retirement and told us junior curmudgeons that he "couldn't keep doing this forever".
He was an inspiration of mine. He stood his ground despite the costs and earned my respect permanently with his stand on both Vietnam and Iraq, once leaving C.B.S. over their refusal to air a piece he wrote on it. He was opposed to the war with Iraq for the right reasons too, well at least in my opinion.
Losing him is an expected but still unwelcome loss to society. A loss to me in the sense that I must now explore the world of curmudgeonry on my own. Then again, did you ever wonder?...