Andy Rooney was hospitalized yesterday after suffering serious complications following surgery.
According to CBS, Andy Rooney, 92, is in a stable condition and, at the request of his family, offered no other information about his medical problems or where he was hospitalized.
The writer was a regular presence on television’s most popular newsmagazine.
Since 1978, “A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney” wrapped up the Sunday night program, often with a look at the absurdities of life and language.
Andy Rooney could talk about what was in the news or what was in his closet.
One of Andy Rooney’s three Emmy Awards was for an essay about whether there was a real Mrs. Smith behind Mrs. Smith’s Pies.
On October 2, Andy Rooney delivered his 1,097th and final essay, saying it was a moment he dreaded.
“I wish I could do this forever. I can’t, though,” Andy Rooney said.
True to his often cantankerous nature, Andy Rooney noted that he hated being recognized on the street. So if you see him in a restaurant, he said as he signed off, “please, just let me eat my dinner.”
Andy Rooney has had a long career as a writer, and that’s how he saw himself.
He worked for the military newspaper Stars and Stripes and wrote four books about World War II. Andy Rooney also wrote for entertainment personalities Arthur Godfrey and Garry Moore and had a longtime partnership with newsman Harry Reasoner.
With “60 Minutes” looking for something new at the end of its show, Andy Rooney’s first essay appeared on July 2, 1978: a complaint about people who kept track of how many people died in auto accidents over holiday weekends.
In 1993, CBS released a two-volume VHS tape set of the best of Andy Rooney’s commentaries and field reports, called “The Andy Rooney Television Collection – His Best Minutes.” In 2006, CBS released three DVDs of his more recent commentaries, “Andy Rooney On Almost Everything”, “Things That Bother Andy Rooney” and “Andy Rooney’s Solutions.”