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A Few More Minutes with Andy Rooney

Friends and colleagues from across the TV spectrum joined Andy Rooney‘s four children this morning at Rose Hall, bidding farewell to the CBS News essayist, who died November 4 following complications from minor surgery.

Rooney’s son Brian Rooney, a longtime correspondent at ABC News, hosted the memorial service which included remarks from Andy Rooney’s three daughters, Ellen Rooney, Emily Rooney and Martha Fishel and Rooney’s girlfriend of 7 years, former “Today” show “girl” Beryl Pfizer, who had known Rooney since 1950. Rooney’s grandchildren were there, including Justin Fishel Pentagon producer for Fox News Channel.

Brian Rooney talked about how, over the past several weeks he’s gone through his father’s belongings and found everything from a $6,000 uncashed check from CBS, to a diary entry dated March 8, 1941: “Went to Gallagher’s. Don’t get chicken at a steakhouse.”

“What you saw, was the same show that we had at dinnertime,” said Rooney.

CBS News chairman and “60 Minutes” EP Jeff Fager as well as Rooney’s “60″ family: Morley Safer, Steve Kroft and Scott Pelley all spoke at the service.

Safer talked of Rooney’s “rich, eccentric legacy.” A man who filled American homes “like a piece of the Sunday furniture, like a portrait on the wall, like the TV itself.”

Safer then introduced a video which included outtakes of his interview with Rooney conducted last Spring. Showing a picture of the early correspondents: Harry Reasoner, Mike Wallace and Diane Sawyer, Rooney stopped at Sawyer — who was not able to attend. “She’s the prettiest girl I

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Andy Rooney On Turning 91 and ‘The Single Luckiest Thing That Ever Happened To Me’

Andy Rooney — who turns 91 today — is in demand these days. Rooney, a Colgate University alum, will be honored at a February 9 alumni “Tribute and Toast” in New York City. Expected attendees include fellow ‘Gate grads such as 60 Minutes EP Jeff Fager, Rooney’s son, ABC’s Brian Rooney, ABC’s Bob Woodruff, CNN’s Gloria Borger, and MSNBC’s Howard Fineman.

Rooney also has granted a rare interview to USA Today. Excerpts:

• On whether he foresees retiring from 60 Minutes: “I suppose the time may come…I think I’ll know when I can’t do this anymore. I think I’d quit before anyone tells me to.”

• His thoughts on the late Walter Cronkite and Don Hewitt: “They’re missed.”

• He says that getting a reporting job during World War II with the U.S. military newspaper Stars and Stripes was “the single luckiest thing that ever happened to me.”

• On how he’ll celebrate his birthday today — “a 91st birthday isn’t something you celebrate. It’s something you mourn.” — Rooney, a widower, says he’ll probably go out to dinner with the woman in his life: Beryl Pfizer who was a Today show producer in the 1950s.

In this video, Rooney reads portions of his most recent book, Andy Rooney: 60 Years of Wisdom and Wit, out last November.