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A Few Minutes With Andy Rooney Paperback – March 1, 1987
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From Publishers Weekly
The first of these collections of Rooney's satirical TV pieces and syndicated newspaper columns "can be moving, as in 'D-Day,' or can fall flat, as in 'The Faces of Christ,' which is maudlin," said PW . The second, an anthology of only his newspaper work that discusses topics from faulty home appliances and dieting to cliches and celebrity endorsements, is more successful: "Every entry is trenchant and telling and, best of all, fun to read." Photos.
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I stumbled upon this book in a used book shop; it's relatively early into his tenure on "60 Minutes" (only about three years or so into the gig) but consists of most of what he had written for television to that point. Before delivering essays himself, he wrote them for Harry Reasoner to deliver. This book is a collection of essays that he wrote for himself and for Reasoner. (My one and only gripe with this book is that he doesn't note which essays are which. I'm sure it doesn't make any difference but it left me curious.)
But in addition to essays, I was delighted to find that the book contains complete transcripts of three of his documentaries, "Mr. Rooney Goes to Work," "Mr. Rooney Goes to Washington," and "Mr. Rooney Goes to Dinner." The documentaries about work and dinner can adequately be described as really, really long versions of his "60 Minutes" pieces. The Washington documentary is a VERY funny indictment of government waste, chronicling Rooney's efforts to identify the nearly 3 million employees of the federal government and figure out exactly what they do (among the highlights are a list of incomprehensible and redundant job titles for employees in one department, and an exasperating phone call to illustrate how much red tape Rooney had to deal with while producing the documentary).
Another gem found in the book is "An Essay on War," a commentary that Rooney wrote in 1971 for Harry Reasoner that CBS refused to air. Rooney quit, and promptly went to PBS to deliver the essay himself on a comedy show, "The Great American Dream Machine." The essay is actually a pretty powerful one, examining the dual nature of human beings--we all want peace, and yet, war seems to bring out our best qualities.
If you're a Rooney fan, this is a must-own collection. I suspect the man himself would have considered this his best work.
Loved watching and listening to this reporter on TV sunday nights. So many things that make you say 'hmmm' I've always wondered about that.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).