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Opinion

May 19, 2014

The best of Andy Rooney: My lucky life

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I spent my first 50 years trying to become well known as a writer, and the next 30 trying to avoid being famous. I walk down the street now or go to a football game and people shout, “Hey, Andy!” and I hate that.

I’ve done a lot of complaining here, but of all the things I’ve complained about, I can’t complain about my life. My wife, Margie, and I had four good kids. Now there are grandchildren. I have two great-grandchildren, although they’re a little young for me to know how great they are.

And all this time I’ve been paid to say what is on my mind on television. You don’t get any luckier in life than that. This is a moment I have dreaded. I wish I could do this forever. I can’t, though. But, I’m not retiring. Writers don’t retire and I’ll always be a writer.

A lot of you have sent me wonderful letters and said good things to me when you meet me in the street. I wasn’t always gracious about it. It’s hard to accept being liked. I don’t say this often, but thank you. Although if you do see me in a restaurant, please just let me eat my dinner.

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