We wouldn’t think of missing Andy Rooney’s final commentary Sunday on “60 Minutes” (7/6c on CBS).
And that’s despite the fact that we don’t watch him very often under normal circumstances. But there was a time when we did watch him. How couldn’t we? He’s been a staple of the closing minutes of “60” since 1978.
We’re not sure if he made this decision to finally hang it up all on his own or CBS execs prodded him, however gently, to retire (he is 92, for heaven’s sake). All we know is, when he goes, we’ll lose another TV personality whose longevity connects the now ever-more-distant past, when there were really only three TV networks from which to choose, to the multichannel present.
Through all that tumultuous change, Andy Rooney did pretty much the same thing, week in and week out. He’d take some topic we’re all aware of, or some thing we come across almost everyday of our lives, and he’d wonder aloud about it. “Didja ever notice . . . ?” he’d ask. And then raise some issue such as the way chewing gum loses its flavor after a while, or how ice trays aren’t used as often as they once were for making ice in people’s freezers, this kind of thing.
He did more than a thousand of these home-spun commentaries in his 33 years on “60 Minutes.” And we have a ton of them here on XfinityTV. And rather than sifting through them all to find our personal favorites (I mean, how could we?), we’re presenting you with this opportunity to watch five of Andy’s most recent commentaries here.