Imagine If You Will
Imagine if you will….you are fifty-nine years old and someone offers you a dream job that will last thirty-three years making your retirement age ninety-two. AND at that age you will not consider it retirement, but just the opportunity to go on to something else.
Imagine if you will….your job is to talk..and talk…about anything that has caught your interest or your ire and all you have to do is sound off.
Imagine if you will…you can talk about the mundane, politics, religion, issues and non-issues and actually get paid for it.
Imagine if you will…you will make ‘curmudgeon’ something adorable and you never have to change who you are. Ever.
That is a hint to the life of Andy Rooney whose last broadcast was Sunday past. I never regularly watched Sixty Minutes largely due to scheduling and the fact that I question the integrity of every ‘investigative’ show (part of my untrusting nature I guess), but when I did watch it, it was for one reason only, that being Mr. Rooney himself. It didn’t matter what the subject of the evening, what mattered was the unique twist about to be presented, whether it be how mixed are mixed nuts, or issues of a more sensitive nature.
His actual point of view did not matter, but what did matter is that someone actually displayed freedom of speech publicly true freedom of speech because for a long time time now I have suspected that right is simply an illusion and now with Mr. Rooney gone from his podium I am afraid we will never see it again in a public forum. Ever.
Thank you Andy Rooney. May your next adventure be as fabulous!
Imagine if you will….
16 thoughts on “Imagine If You Will”
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I didn’t always catch 60 Minutes for one reason or other but like you I appreciated Andy Rooney and what he was doing. Most times I found him funny. If I happened not to agree, well who cares? It was his time, his opinion, and to heck w/everyone else. I did make a point to watch this past Sunday. Wonder what they’ll fill that slot with now? Not likely someone else doing the same thing, expressing their right to talk freely.
I’m glad you caught the last show! I think you are right it wouldn’t do to have the some other person try the same thing. Thanks for commenting!!
We are lucky to have known his voice. It will be missed.
Thanks Winsome….it would be spectacular if he starts a whole new career in some related field!
I know Tori. I loved that he went out of his way to not be PC!
I’ve always thought of him as a voice of common sense, particularly common sense in the media arena when most are politically inclined to keep it “PC”.
I know Tori, I loved that he went out of his way to not be PC!
Hooray for Mr Rooney. I have never seen or heard of him, but if it’s a case of free speech I can support that.
He was unique and still is. One thing he said in his last broadcast was that he spent the first 50 years of his career trying to make a name for himself and the last 30+ trying to keep who he was!
In his last regularly scheduled appearance on “60 Minutes,” Andy Rooney says, “I’ve done a lot of complaining here, but of all the things I’ve complained about, I can’t complain about my life.”
Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/sections/60minutes/rooney/main3419.shtml#ixzz1ZoCn18Nf
I love that he stayed true that last night..not suddenly becoming a sentimental softie but just as crusty as ever but grateful for his life…love it!
I will miss Andy Rooney… Like you, I admired his gumption, and the dry wit he brought to his Sunday monologues… He will be irreplaceable. 🙂
Thanks Eliz..gumption is the perfect word!
Yike, Chris, I don’t like the idea of our losing this voice! It was like Jack Webster days – the Canadian ex-newspaperman who had a radio show out of Vancouver. He nailed politicians who would not dare pass up a chance to be interviewed. The consequences of turning down the invitation were brutal. When he retired (to my island, actually) he was never replaced. Folks were getting too scared to speak the truth. Or to ask the truth!
I know what you mean…and it seems the last line of speaking out is our blogging..so far that is…I am thinking they should get rid of all the reality shows that are not..reality..and lets get a few people speaking out..sort of a speaker’s corner kind of thing..hmmm…