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Book Title: Years of Minutes: The Best of Rooney from 60 Minutes|
The author of the book: Andy Rooney
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Date of issue: May 10th 2014
ISBN 13: 9781280870996
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Although Andy Rooney has won many awards for his writing, most of us know this friendly curmudgeon from his days on “60 Minutes”. Originally hired as a stand-in for a show in 1978, he was so popular that he became a regular, with his trademark spot ending each edition of the popular show. Rooney made his final appearance on 60 Minutes on October 2, 2011. He had been with them for thirty three years.
This is a collection of his work over many years including those years he worked as a correspondent for Stars and Stripes during World War II.
Rooney takes time in his introduction to alert the reader to his idiosyncratic punctuation, which initially is irritating but which soon becomes less of an issue when you get used to it.
He is a keen observer and ready to comment or question everything that does not make sense to him, concluding that “for the smartest animals on earth, humans are sure dumb sometimes”.
Rooney loved to question the everyday things that just puzzle him: Why is a toothbrush called a toothbrush and not a teethbrush? It cleans more than one tooth. Why do we go to health clubs when there is so much work to do in the world? And why do we pay to get on walking machines that go nowhere and then drive home?
Although it appears he is questioning something that just popped into his head, his writing is thoughtful and his arguments logical and well laid out. You may not agree with him, but you must admit he does have a point. And Rooney is never held back by the need to be “politically correct”. He will lambast and criticize a president as well as a popular singer, movie star or sports hero.
Rooney comes across as a man simply bewildered by what he sees everyday and poses questions we may have never thought to ask: Why do things always come in packages of three or four when all you need is one? Why do we keep holding disarmament conferences where nobody gets disarmed? Why do we pay $1.99 for toothpaste that only costs twelve pennies to make?
He is keen to warn us about some of the dangers in everyday life -- “watch out for the fine print……….it is never good news”. He offers advice on getting through the mundane activities of living providing us with a short primer on the etiquette of elevator riding. And he reminds us of the old days when he observes that a dime today is worth more as a screwdriver than it is as a coin representing ten cents.
There are serious pieces and humorous pieces, including a comical account of President George Bush explaining the game of baseball to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
Like other books with similar collections that have appeared in another media I am disappointed. The short essays originally written for television are best delivered in that same media. They need to be accompanied by the entire Rooney personae, with Rooney’s sad eyes, his bushy eyebrows, his gruff voice and his absolutely dead pan delivery. I am not saying his written word does not contain truths or ask important questions. But what I enjoyed was the whole package, Rooney the personality and what he had to say.
This is a book you can pick up and put down at leisure. Actually it is probably the best way to get through it (it is a hefty volume!) and get the most out of it.
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Read information about the authorAndrew Aitken "Andy" Rooney was an American radio and television writer. He became most famous as a humorist and commentator with his weekly broadcast A Few Minutes With Andy Rooney, a part of the CBS news program 60 Minutes from 1978 to 2011.
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