CBS announced last night that perennial television essayist Andy Rooney will do his final appearance on “60 Minutes” this Sunday. Love him or hate him, he was an institution on television. Just look at the numbers:
Rooney is 92 years old.
Rooney has been on “60 Minutes” for 33 years (that’s longer than any writer of this blog has been alive … even the old one!).
Rooney will have done 1,097 television segments.
His first essay-like segment was in 1964, called “An Essay on Doors.” Yes, the man did an entire segment on doors and, instead of kicking him to the curb, it led to almost fifty additional years in broadcasting.