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Posted on 11/05/2011 11:59:29 AM PDT by lbryce
Andy Rooney Dead at 92, One Month After Retiring Never retire: almost six weeks to the day after delivering his last cranky essay on 60 Minutes, writer and commentator Andy Rooney is dead of complications following minor surgery. He was 92, and had delivered exactly 1,097 of his trademark on-air bitch sessions.
It's hard to think of a television correspondent more American than Rooney: interminably cranky, perpetually confused, stubbornly opinionated, slightly bigoted, usually wrong, and strangely likable. Rooney wrote his first "television essay""Essay on Doors," natchin 1964. (It was delivered by CBS correspondent Harry Reasoner). He joined 60 Minutes in 1977, and by 1979 had established himself at the end of every show with what CBS News describes as "wry, humorous and contentious television essays," more often than not just about whatever was annoying Andy Rooney that particular week. Sometimes, this was a goodeven noblething:
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Goodbye Mr. Rooney...may your eyebrows live on in infamy.
Don’t you hate it when one month after you retire you wake up dead? RIP Mr. Rooney.
Andy, meet Bear.
Ha! Ha! Well, they say, once you retire, you don’t have anything to do and you kinda lose interest in life and just kinda wither away til you pass.
I suppose that should be a lesson to us all: Give up what you love, and soon you won’t have a reason to keep living. This is not the first time I’ve seen this happen.
I heard that the statistic is that you live 6 months, on average, after retirement. My great-grandmother’s second husband (so not my great-grandfather), retired and was driving home from his retirement party and felt sick. He decided to stop by the hospital and get checked over on the way home (this was in rural Ohio, and home was some distance from his work), and it turned out he had terminal cancer. He spent a few days, maybe a week or so, in the hospital and died. He never got to have one day of retirement (well, outside the hospital, dying).
My dad said this very thing. He worked in construction and had a few friends who tried to never retire. The saw a lot of their friends die quite quickly after retirement, and the theory was that it was due to shear boredom.
So, ‘slightly bigoted’ makes him American? Huh? I think he was just old and cranky. Probably what David Letterman will look like at that age.
I think the last time I wastched 60 Minute was during Clinton’s attack on the Waco encampment. It was one of the few sources available at that time, although eventually I got disgusted with their bias.
I can’t say that I will miss Andy Rooney, although I wish him well in the next life.
As for retirement, there are plenty of things to do around here. Cutting wood, weedwhacking (my current occupation), building sheds, shoveling snow, walking the dogs. Always something.
Well, I’ve done a little searching, and according to this study, the older you retire the shorter you live:
Longevity Vs. Retirement Age
Dr. Ephrem (Siao Chung) Cheng provided the important results in the
following table from an actuarial study of life span vs. age at
retirement. The study was based on the number of pension checks sent
to retirees of Boeing Aerospace.
Age at Retirement Average Age at Death
This indicates that for people retired at the age of 50, their
average life span is 86; whereas for people retired at the age of 65,
their average life span is only 66.8. An important conclusion from
this study is that for every year one works beyond age 55, one loses 2
years of life span on average.
So, maybe if you are over 65, the average person DOES die within 6 months...
Since when is a different article, from a different source a “Duplicate Post”...or where you just showing us you can identify only the name, Andy Rooney?
Since when is a different article, from a different source a “Duplicate Post”...or were you just showing us you can identify only the name, Andy Rooney?
big commie-lib grouch. Good Riddance.
Who the hell retires at 50??? Btw, I don’t believe that study..
“I suppose that should be a lesson to us all: Give up what you love, and soon you wont have a reason to keep living. This is not the first time Ive seen this happen.”
Yep, if only he hadn’t retired, he’d live indefinitely; 92 years is a long time to live on planet Earth.
Finally someones sentiments whom I agree with.
Who retires at 50 today? Probably a lot less people than used to. You may be unaware, but at one time in our nations history, you could buy property, and it was yours. Until the artificial bubble of 1990-2006 in real estate, the price for a home was about half of what it is today (the real estate bubble collapse will bring prices down to affordability again, HOORAY!), and people didn’t buy the newest Ipod and IPhone every 2 months. Factors those in together, work for the same company for 30-35 years (depending on the age you started) and you could easily retire at 50.
My dad retired at 55 and my mom at 44 or so (just before dad). Both of my uncles retired around the age of 50 (younger), though do a little side work from what I understand. I have an aunt who is just over 40 and could have retired 10 years ago if she so chose, but she outspends her ample 6+ figure income. I have another aunt (who married an uncle) who was a multi millionaire by 60. The ability to make money is being taken away which by corporate fascism, or crony capitalism which is the new buzzword today. There are so many loops to jump through, you’re right in your assumption that one can no longer enjoy—or even receive—the fruits of one’s labor, by and large, in today’s world.
Oh, and I don’t care if you believe the study or not, I merely posted it as a point of interest.
When you're 92, there's no such thing as 'minor surgery.'
Good point. Not ragging on you directly.. I believe many retire at 65a and live to 85.. my, how things have changed..
He probably knew.
And wanted to make a statement about his life before it ended.
Goodbye, Mr. Rooney!
You proved one thing, that it’s possible for even a grumpy person to be courteous.
Thanks for the chuckles over the years.
Eh, sometimes you just gotta say “WTF???”!!!!
Sorry, I’m a little touchy today, my apologies for being abrupt/callous. I do know that retirement and life expectancy have a lot of different factors, and I’m by no means an actuary. I had just always heard that people die shortly after retirement and I was trying to find a stat, and that was a study I could find. I would try and look at how long someone draws SS, but it wouldn’t be accurate, in my opinion, because people can draw SS while working, or their spouses may draw having never retired, or they may get SSDI, so I rule that statistic out for all the confounding variables. At the time of the study life expectancy may have been different from what it will be in 5 or even 10 years from now. Heck 20 years ago we didn’t have nearly 70% of the population overweight, with nearly 35% being obese. I’m sure that brings a whole lot of change to mortality rates too, we’ll see in a few years/decades.
Again, I’m sorry for being snippy, I apologize.
“... if only he hadn’t retired, he’d live indefinitely...”
Reminds me of an obituary I read of a woman that died at age 102. She “unexpectedly” died on a listed date. Unexpected? Who in her family really couldn’t expect her to die... and soon? Rooney was 92 years old. Whether he was still working at 60 Minutes or not... he would have passed away from complications from the surgery. IMHO.
Thanks for being a sport! :0)
Just watching football and freeping... no retirement yet.
Anybody know what kind of surgery he had?
In many departments in Cal, Fire Fighters and Peace officers can retire at age 50 with 3% of highest salary times the number of years of service. Used to be age 55 until about 9 years ago. Part of the current problem in California.
When you’re 92, there’s no such thing as ‘minor surgery.’
Having worked in surgery 40 years, I have learned that minor surgery is what we do to you, Major surgery is what they do to me.
RIP Mr Rooney, I didn’t agree with you but I won’t speak ill of the dead.
JDW11235: Huntsman supporter
“Who the hell retires at 50?”....Usually people on government pensions, like firemen.
What are you talking about? Check my posting history, genius, NO ONE dislike Huntsman more than I do.
“interminably cranky, perpetually confused, stubbornly opinionated, slightly bigoted, usually wrong”
Rooney was usually right, but in an insane world sanity looks insane.
Agreed. I never cared for him, he was a liberal in the mold of “Uncle Walt”, but I don’t wish him ill, and hope his family finds consolation.
I suppose that happens to people who are so unimaginative that they cannot think of a single thing to do when given the opportunity and must be told what to do by someone else (i.e., work).
Or people who have been busy in a life of industry and suddenly find that they have more money than they can use, and aren’t sure what they’d like to do. Careful you don’t stumble and fall off of your high horse.
I easily believe it as I retired 11 years ago at age 50. I owe no one, everything is paid off and I homesteaded my home, took my VA 100% disability tax exempt status on my home and property as well so it can be done under certain circumstances. I realize most people can't do it that way totally but they can work to pay off their home and other big ticket items and stop spending so much on things that they really don't need and can easily live without.
And I still haven't even filed for my SS retirement. All my previous belt tightening measures are paying off nicely now.
He’ll not be missed.
This uber-secular anti-Christian curmudgeon lived
longer than he deserved.
He knows the truth NOW.
Too bad he can’t come back and apologize.
I raised not to say ill of the dead no matter how bad they were. So I’ll refrain, but will be mentally snickering.
Different title, different source, different author.
In addition, get acquainted with the four hour guideline, kid. You'll save yourself some embarrassment.
I dunno if this comes off as cheesy, but I’m glad for you! I don’t think that people live to be work horses all of their lives. There is little in the world so satisfying as enjoying the fruits of one’s labors (The Bible says nothing greater under the sun), and a big ‘ole heaping reward for a life of industry and experience is often to rest from the labors of youth, into the labor of counseling one’s children, grandchildren, etc. or doing other things that are meaningful. I see absolutely nothing wrong with someone who has worked hard and contributed something to spend their later years doing the things they have loved most, or start new adventures. Work hard, play hard. But it seems some people want only to play, and that mentality robs them of all human decency, and leaves NO satisfaction.
I always thought he and Walter Cronkite were kind of like a package deal:
Walter was a douche and the Andy was a bag.
I don’t miss Walter, and won’t miss Andy either.
In 1985 or thereabouts Rooney wrote a column “Why I Love New York City”. It is really good, but I can’t find it anywhere and can’t recall the details. Does anyone know of this particular column?
Ol’ Walter cozied up to Eisenhower but was really a Stevenson backer. John Connally and LBJ backed Stevenson but many say Connally privately favored Eisenhower without LBJ knowing. Such is American treachery
It’s only men that usually can’t figure out how to spend their nestegg; many women have no such problem. Yes, I know there are exceptions.