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Andy Rooney

Andy Rooney


Write to Andy Rooney at Tribune Media Services,2225 Kenmore Ave., Suite 114, Buffalo, NY 14207, or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


It's time to think about vacation
By Andy Rooney

THESE ARE the days when I enjoy my summer vacation the most. My month off doesn’t begin until July 1, but looking forward to it is the best part. Already I’m trying to figure out a way I can sneak off early.
Once my vacation begins, I can’t keep myself from counting the days until it ends, and that ruins it. It always seems to go so fast. The sun starts coming up later and there’s a depressing,

Tuesday, July 05, 2011 11:47 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, July 05, 2011 11:54 AM )
 
My interview with 'Dr. Death'
By Andy Rooney

DR. JACK Kevorkian died June 3 at a hospital in Michigan after suffering from kidney failure and pulmonary problems. He was 83. Kevorkian helped more than 130 people to die who were terminally ill and in pain. And as you may know, physician-assisted suicide is illegal in Michigan.
I had the opportunity to meet him in 1996, when Don Hewitt, then executive producer of “60 Minutes,” asked me to fly to Detroit to interview Kevorkian. It seemed that he agreed to be interviewed by “60 Minutes” only if I would be the one to ask the questions. Why would Jack

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 10:11 AM
 
The tools of my trade
By Andy Rooney

THIS MORNING, I was trying to think of something to write about and I started looking at all the tools I have on top of my desk or in the drawers. Since all I do for a living is write, how in the world did I get tied up with so many tools?
My ancient Underwood No. 5 typewriter sits on a shelf across the room, much loved but unused. It was a great tool and I wrote thousands of television scripts and six books on it, but I haven’t hit a key on it in years. It’s been replaced by my computer, which is as much an advance over the

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 11:32 AM
 
Why I love my job
By Andy Rooney

THE OTHER DAY, I started making a list of famous people I knew during World War II. I was prompted to do this because of the 67th anniversary of D-Day this week.
During the war, as a reporter for the Army newspaper, The Stars and Stripes, I often had occasion to interview Gen. Dwight Eisenhower. He was the first and one of the best famous people I ever knew. I was a private and Eisenhower was a four-star general, but it isn’t going too far to say we were friends. I called him “General” and “Sir,” but instead of “Private,” he called me “Andy.”

Tuesday, June 14, 2011 1:57 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, June 14, 2011 2:03 PM )
 
Some philosophical thoughts on religion
By Andy Rooney

ON THE DAY I write a column each week, my mind flits around looking for an idea that interests me and one I hope will interest you. I like football, the study of philosophy and anything about food. The subject of religion is of great interest to me, although I’m not religious.
I could spend my life writing about these topics, but even though football is one of my favorite subjects, I’d probably run out of things to say about it first. Football is limited intellectually and, to be good to write about, I think a topic has to have some intellectual dimension. The study of

Tuesday, June 07, 2011 1:39 PM
 
Guess who's running for president in 2012
By Andy Rooney

I’D LIKE to tell everyone reading my column today that you have about 530 days until the presidential election of 2012. So please make sure you use the time carefully. And, if you’re thinking of running for the presidency, you must file a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission using Form 2. Don’t use Form 3 or you could be in trouble! As I tell you this, there are already more than 135 presidential candidates on the Federal Election Commission list of filers.
Looking at the list, I recognize some of the names, like Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Tim

Tuesday, May 31, 2011 2:08 PM
 
Hand me the bread
By Andy Rooney

WHILE I don’t have an exact number, I estimate from sort of counting them in the telephone book that there are about 24,000 restaurants in New York City. I’ve eaten in several hundred of them, and the good ones outnumber the fair or poor ones. The best restaurants go on and on and get better year after year; the bad ones don’t last a year. There are a few good restaurants in every city in the United States, but there are hundreds of them in New York.
Eating out is a popular hobby with New Yorkers. I know this because every Wednesday in the New York Times, they devote an entire section to food and in it they often review restaurants.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 1:56 PM
 
A Memorial Day to remember
By Andy Rooney

THERE HAVE only been a few times in my life when someone’s death has been an occasion for rejoicing. The day Adolf Hitler died was a good day for the world, and a good day for me. I’d been drafted out of college into the 17th Field Artillery, and while I didn’t think so at the time, it was one of the most memorable experiences of my life. The single lucky thing happened when I was transferred out of the 17th Field Artillery Battalion onto the staff of the Army newspaper, The

Tuesday, May 17, 2011 2:02 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, May 17, 2011 2:05 PM )
 
What a week for the world
By Andy Rooney

THERE ARE stories in the newspaper every day that interest me and stories that don’t. I’m not proud of myself for this; it’s just true. This week, the world was informed of the death of Osama bin Laden. I’ve read about bin Laden often enough that I can now remember how to spell his name, and because of the monumental nature of this story, I can barely get to the other stories in the papers.
I’ve read almost every story about the raid by Navy SEALs on bin Laden’s compound in

Tuesday, May 10, 2011 2:25 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, May 10, 2011 3:43 PM )
 
For the love of the English language
By Andy Rooney

FOR MOST of my adult life I’ve made my living writing the English language. It’s one of the biggest and most diverse languages in the world, and I love it. I think it’s the best language, but what do I know? Spanish is the secondmost popular language in the world. At the top is Mandarin Chinese, with more than 850 million speakers. Hindi is way up there, too.
I wish all the nations of the world would get together and decide to use the same language. I’d go with the crowd, but naturally I hope they’d pick English as the universal tongue. I can read and

Tuesday, May 03, 2011 1:47 PM
 
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