Skip to comments.Andy Rooney dead at 92
Posted on 11/05/2011 4:25:27 AM PDT by sodpoodle
Bill Clinton has had one hobby that has kept him alive.
At the time, I’d heard of Morley Safer, but I didn’t know who Leslie (Lesley?) Stahl was (or that she was on 60 Minutes, which I didn’t watch).
LMAO....there are no atheists on airplanes or standing before the Throne......
Rush Limbaugh always called him a....
Rest In Peace, Andy. You did good work in WWII.
And that is about where it stopped.
Andy Rooney and Ali G
Makes me wonder what he did between V-J Day 1945 and the day in 1968 when they launched 60 Minutes.
His book “ My War “ is very good. Covers his years during WWII. I recommend it highly.
I watched 60 minutes all through my middle and high school years. Andy always made me laugh and he was my favorite part of the program.
when I was much older he often said things that made me cringe or just plan angry. Seems he became a bitter man with a lot of hatred boiling inside. Sad.
rest in peace, Andy.
He had a couple of interesting experiences as a reporter for Stars and Stripes in Europe. He flew as cargo on an Eigth Air Force Raid (over Schweinfurt, I believe). His plane took flack damage and it scared the bejeebers out of him. He narrated a film of the raid.
He also crossed the Remagen bridge on the first day that it was captured. At the time the area was very weakly defended by the Wehrmacht, and only a handful of U.S. troops and a couple of tanks had gotten across it. (The Americans, finding it hard to believe their luck, rushed reinforcements across as soon as possible.)
He also possessed that most essential of all elements for happiness: gratitude. He appreciated how lucky he had been in his life. He made a show of misanthropy and loved to grouse, but we loved him, because deep down, we knew it was a fascade.
He never shook off the reflexive and unthinking New Deal liberalism that most people of his generation had become innoculated with. To Andy it was always 1965 in Selma, 1969 in Saigon, 1940 in Europe, 1929 on Wall Street, 1968 on campus.
For Andy, Ed Murrow was still reporting the blitz from London and Bill Paley was building the greatest broadcast news team in history. Dan Rather was a young pup, who still had to learn the ropes. And Hyannisport truly was Camelot.
He was an interesting man. I can understand an agnostic but an atheist is simply on the wrong side.
I would agree with you except for the fact that in a competelely non scientific survey of the people I have known that died following these two events, no serious prevailing health issues were found.
It was almost as if they lost the will to live.
I know it sounds metaphysical, but what if, stress or obligation somehow produces a hormone in our body that keeps our ticker going and we reduce that stress/obligation the hormone stops and our body decides to stop too
He’s been dead for years.. CBS just figured it out.
“What a shame
You all heard what I said
What a shame
Y’all heard what I said
You might wake up in the morning
And find your poor self dead “
A WW2 Vet, we should all be sad. He had his ups and downs but man the first few posts hoping he’s in hell are terrible.
I’m going to guess, like Charles Schulz with Peanuts that they just can’t go on. It’s not a retirement, but they say it is. They’re worn out to the point where that’s all there is left. Maybe take a month or two off and then go. I don’t think they are ‘retiring’ to live off their wealth in any sense.
Hey I kinda of agree with you. About my parents, my father was a ‘burden’ in a way to my mother for many years.
After he died, she died not too long later. I thought it would be easier without him, but I used to say her burden held her up.
Are you kidding...the man was a unappologetic atheist and never missed a chance to belittle the faithful. Where do you think those people wind up. I hate that he chose that path but he chose it and he will face the consequences for his decision!!!
I don’t necessarily disagree. I am only cautioning drawing an unwarranted interference.
I don’t see it so much that people are wishing he is in hell as simply acknowledging what a happens to those who not only deny god but belittle those who do believe....I did not wish any ills on him but I for one won’t miss him.
A loathful man, but my sympathies to his family who probably loved him.
Not just an atheist, but a liar as well. And not about politics, but about a colleague, maybe even a friend.
In an essay after Steve Allen’s death, he said that the obits written about Allen left out the fact that Steve was a student of the Bible who was obsessed (my word, not Rooney’s) with exposing its flaws. And while it is true that Allen was an atheist for much of his life, in his last few years he described himself as “an involved Presbyterian.” For this lie and essays about religion that compared God to Santa Claus, Rooney won the Emperor Has No Clothes Award from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Meanwhile, though I don’t have the facts to make it a solid conclusion, I suspect that Allen is just another in the long line of people (such as Lew Wallace and Josh MacDowell) who decided to disprove the Bible and ended up transformed by it.
I hope he repented, but whether he did or not he has met the Emperor of the Universe, and he ain’t Santa.
I suspect that part of that is if your body is winding down gradually, you may not notice the problem, but you feel retirement is more appealing than it was before.
My wife is an RN who worked in a geriatric ward for 6 years. While its true they weren’t all post-surgical patients, most of those who died did so because of anything but post-op infections—Cancer, renal failure, etc.—and if it wasn’t cancer or some other chronic disease it was almost always it was the body giving out in some way.
Most elderly people die of things that would have been called “old age” on the death certificate 50 years ago.
Steverino? I thought he was Catholic—albeit, of the lapsed (and divorced and remarried) variety.
I find it interesting that he says this crap about pushing religion. Anybody who thinks atheists live by logic can just consider Rooney’s point here.
If you’re an atheist, you believe that if I die an atheist, my mind will cease to exist and my body will rot under six feet of dirt. And if I die as a born-again Christian, my mind will cease to exist and my body will rot under six feet of dirt. Why would you bother trying to convert me?
However, if I’m a Christian I believe that the atheist who becomes a born-again Christian will spend eternity in a place so wnderful the current human mind can’t describe it, and the atheist who doesn’t will experience torment forever. And this guy “resents” people trying to warn him about that?
If I saw a neighbor putting the lightweight motor oil in his engine before a thousand mile road trip and knew his engine would blow up and didn’t tell him, Rooney would think I was acruel jerk and an example of how (as he once wrote) religion doesn’t make people any nicer to each other. Yet if someone told him he was headed for something infinitly worse than a blown engine, he resented it. Foolish.
You had the same idea I did and said it much better.
Don’t you really hate it when that happens? /s
He’d died from complications from surgery, but they never say what the surgery was for.
RIP Mr Rooney. I disagreed with him a lot but he did provide valuable service in WWII. Condolences to his family and friends
Both conditions arise really fast when old folks are immobilized for even short periods.
Awesome! Good grief, I miss MST3K.
Lapsed Catholic (raised that way) then a secular humanist, then a Presbyterian. Assume he’s singing in Heaven as we speak.
Well, he didn’t have much patience for political correctness:
Gay rights groups were mad, during the AIDS epidemic, when Rooney mentioned homosexual unions in saying “many of the ills which kill us are self-induced.”
He spoke the truth on that one and got a lot of flak.
That is likely a spurious correlation. People who work until they are very old, likely retire because a serious health problem has arisen. So that the often die a short time later is like due to them having a serious health problem, not that they retired.
That is older people who get serious health problems often die whether they retired 20 years ago or 1 month ago. However those who recently retired appear to die frequently right after retiring, even if the reason they retired was they had developed a health problem.
Yeah, a lot of hate on this thread. I don’t know what else to call it.
Sad, but not surprising.
Sad day. Rest in Peace. I used to enjoy watching him complain....did not agree with him much but he was entertaining in his own way. God bless and prayers to his family.
You better believe it.
Give a doctor half a chance and he will kill you.
Rooney was more than a bit of an oddball.
He was strongly opposed to gambling which would have put him in the same position as Southern Baptists.
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