If spiritual leaders around the globe are the ones who remind us to be good people on Sunday mornings, the late Andy Rooney was the one who reminded us on Sunday evenings to go into the workweek thinking. At the end of nearly every 60 Minutes program, Mr. Rooney gave a short video blog that inspired critical thinking. Whether he was talking about something of a serious nature such as his experiences during times of war or something as menial as how much stuff people cart around with them, Rooney was not one to follow along like a blind sheep. He often gave his commentary while sitting at the chair of his desk in the middle of a cluttered office. He was real.
Mr. Rooney passed away at the respectable age of 92, just a few weeks after announcing his retirement from 60 minutes in September, 2011. He left a huge hole in the 60 minutes program. Watching it now is like enjoying a meal out and having the waiter hand you the check before offering you coffee & dessert.
I understand, and respect, that the members of 60 Minutes most likely couldn't even think of trying to fill Mr. Rooney's spot at the end of their program when he passed away. The man was a legend. It has been some time now, time enough to grieve, remember and I believe now honor Mr. Rooney by putting a new video blogger there to continue his quest to remind us to to turn our brains on.