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Farewell to Andy Rooney

“60 Minutes” closed tonight’s show with a look at the life and work of Andy Rooney. Much of the piece was a rework of Rooney’s exit interview with Morley Safer last month, when Rooney signed off from the show. Rooney died Friday night following complications from minor surgery, which he underwent 16 days after his final “60″ essay.

And after the jump Bob Schieffer, on this morning’s “Face the Nation,” with his thoughts on Rooney’s lasting impression…

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Emily Rooney on Andy Rooney: ‘People got my dad. They knew who he was’

Veteran “60 Minutes” commentator Andy Rooney was surrounded by family when he died last night in a New York City hospital at age 92, according to one of his daughters.

“He was conscious almost until the end,” Emily Rooney, a producer and host at Boston’s WGBH, tells TVNewser. “He knew we were there. He let us know that.”

Mr. Rooney died from complications following minor surgery on Oct. 18, Emily said. Though declining to offer details, she said her father had undergone the procedure before.

“It was not a big deal, but it ended up being a big thing,” she said. “It was a total surprise to us that things didn’t work out.”

Also surprising was the extent of TV coverage today of her father’s passing, she said. “I flipped on the news this morning and it was everywhere. There was an odd, satisfying solace in that.

“People got my dad. They knew who he was. He wasn’t some crank who went on “60 Minutes” once a week. He was ‘every man.’”

A noted World War II correspondent, Mr. Rooney joined CBS in 1949 as a writer for “Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts.” His “60″ commentaries, A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney, ran from 1978 until his final regular appearance, on October 2. It was his 1,097th commentary.

The family will hold a private funeral service this week, with a CBS memorial at a later date, Emily said. Mr. Rooney will be buried in the family plot in Rensselaerville, N.Y., near his native Albany. Marguerite ‘Margie’ Rooney, his wife of 62 years, is also buried there.

The family has requested that all donations be sent to the Andrew A. Rooney Scholarship Fund at Colgate University, his 1942 alma mater. The address: 13 Oak Drive, Hamilton, N.Y. 13346.

Rooney, Cain, Williams, Whitaker on ‘Reliable Sources’

The passing of Andy Rooney and his contributions to TV news will be discussed tomorrow on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” with Howard Kurtz. TVNewser’s Gail Shister and Adam Buckman of TVHowl.com will be on to talk about Rooney, as well as the debut of “Rock Center with Brian Williams.”

“Sources” will also delve into this week’s coverage of the Herman Cain sexual harassment cases. Politico’s Jonathan Martin and Kathleen Parker of The Washington Post are on. Also CNN exec Mark Whitaker will be on to talk about his new memoir, “My Long Trip Home.” CNN tomorrow at 11amET.

’60 Minutes’ To Honor Andy Rooney Sunday

Sunday’s edition of “60 Minutes” will end with a special tribute to the late Andy Rooney.

“60 Minutes” Correspondent Morley Safer will lead the tribute for Rooney, who passed away last night at age 92.

CBS News Remembers Andy Rooney: ‘The Oracle of West 57th St… Apparently, God needed a writer’

Words of condolence following the passing of Andy Rooney, from his CBS colleagues.

Leslie Moonves: “Words cannot adequately express Andy’s contribution to the world of journalism and the impact he made–as a colleague and friend–upon everyone at CBS. His wry wit, his unique ability to capture the essence of any issue, and his larger-than-life personality made him an icon, not only within the industry but among readers and viewers around the globe. Andy was not just a member of the CBS family; he was a member of the world’s family. We treasure the legacy he has left, and his presence will be sorely missed by those of us at CBS and by his fans around the world.”

Jeff Fager: “It’s a sad day at 60 MINUTES and for everybody here at CBS News. It’s hard to imagine not having Andy around. He loved his life and he lived it on his own terms. We will miss him very much.”

Morley Safer: “Underneath that gruff exterior, was a prickly interior…and deeper down was a sweet and gentle man, a patriot with a love of all things American, like good bourbon and a delicious hatred for prejudice and hypocrisy.”

Scott Pelley: “The Romans had Cicero. The English had Dickens. America had Andy. He hid a philosopher’s genius behind the honest prose of Everyman. Apparently, God needed a writer.”

Steve Kroft: “Andy always said he wanted to work until the day he died and he managed to do it, save the past few weeks in the hospital. What a life: ninety- two years of doing what you love to do while engaging and entertaining millions and millions of people. He played an invaluable role in the success of 60 MINUTES over the years, providing a much anticipated

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Former MTP Moderator Marvin Kalb Says the New Sunday Morning Ratings Battle ‘Almost Inevitable’

He was one of CBS’s “Murrow’s Boys”, then a moderator of NBC’s Meet the Press, now a Fox News contributor.  Not surprisingly, Marvin Kalb has a lot to say about television news.

TVNewser caught up with Kalb, 81, during a visit to Chicago’s Pritzker Military Library Thursday night, during a speaking tour for a book he co-authored with his daughter Deborah KalbHaunting Legacy: Vietnam and the American Presidency From Ford to Obama addresses how the shadow of the war continues to affect White House decision-making to this day.

TVNewser: In your talk tonight you said that “today’s reporters are better educated about the military than they’ve ever been”. Which current tvnewsers do you think do a good job of covering the Pentagon, the military?

Kalb: Jim Miklaszewski at NBC does a very fine job. At CBS, David Martin is a highly-experienced, skillful, knowledgeable reporter who’s about as solid in covering the Pentagon as anybody you can find.  And there are many others as well, but those are two first-rate TV reporters.

TVNewser: I want to ask you about Andy Rooney, whom you know well and who’s in the hospital right now.  Do you know anything about his condition?

Kalb: No I don’t…Andy is a remarkable example of a reporter who started in World War II, and right up to the present day, was able to observe the nuttiness of life.  And reported with a touch of humor and class.  And he will always be among my favorites.

TVNewserFox News CEO Roger Ailes recently talked about a “course correction” for the network.  As an FNC contributor, what are your thoughts on that?

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Andy Rooney Hospitalized Following Complications From Surgery

Longtime CBS “60 Minutes” commentator Andy Rooney–who ended his weekly commentary last month–has been hospitalized after “serious complications” arose following a minor surgery.

According to CBS News Radio White House correspondent Mark Knoller:

“CBS News just announced that Andy Rooney underwent minor surgery last week and suffered serious complications. He remains hospitalized. CBS News says Andy Rooney’s condition is stable but at request of Rooney Family is making no other disclosures.”

More than 17 Million Watch Andy Rooney’s Farewell

Andy Rooney‘s “60 Minutes” send-off drew big numbers for the venerable CBS News magazine.

Sunday’s show was “60′s” largest October audience in four years, drawing 17.11M Total Viewers making it the 4th most-watched show of the week. The last time “60 Minutes” drew more than 17 million viewers in October was Oct. 14, 2007, when 17.23M viewers watched.

“60 Minutes” was Sunday’s most-watched non-sports program. The show featured a Morley Safer interview with the 92-year-old Rooney about his career at CBS, followed by Rooney’s 1097th original essay – his last regularly scheduled appearance on the program.

Andy Rooney Shows Softer Side: Great-Grandfather

In his final regular “A Few Minutes With…” segment tonight, Andy Rooney took time to write about his family.

I’ve done a lot of complaining here, but of all the things I’ve complained about, I can’t complain about my life. My wife Margie and I had four good kids…now there are grandchildren. I have two great grand children although they’re a little young for me to know how great they are. And all this time I’ve been paid to say what is on my mind on television. You don’t get any luckier in life than that.

Two of Rooney’s children, Brian and Emily followed their father into the business. Brian was a longtime correspondent for ABC News and Emily is a talk radio and TV host in Boston, and before that held producing and executive stints at Fox, ABC News and at WCVB-TV in Boston. Rooney’s grandson Justin Fishel is the Pentagon producer for Fox News. Rooney, 92, is pictured with his two great-grandchildren — Fishel’s twins — born in May of 2009.

Here’s the Final ‘Few Minutes with Andy Rooney:’ ‘This is a moment I have dreaded. I wish I could do this forever’

Andy Rooney is about to deliver his final regular segment on “60 Minutes.” As TVNewser first reported Tuesday, Rooney will say goodbye to the show tonight — but he won’t stop doing what he loves. Here’s the final paragraph of his final segment.

This is a moment I have dreaded. I wish I could do this forever. I can’t though. But I’m not retiring. Writers don’t retire and I’ll always be a writer. A lot of you have sent me wonderful letters and said good things to me when you meet me in the street. I wasn’t always gracious about it. It’s hard to accept being liked. I don’t say this often, but thank you. Although if you do see me in a restaurant, please, just let me eat my dinner.

Here’s Rooney’s final essay…

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