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Season 44 Episode 2

October 2, 2011 - After the Wave, "Alone on the Wall", The One and Only Andy Rooney

Aired Sunday 7:00 PM Oct 02, 2011 on CBS
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Bob Simon reports on the March 2011 tsunami's destruction of the Japanese town of Otsuchi and its bond to the town of Fort Bragg, California.

Lara Logan profiles free-soloing rock climber Alex Honnold, the subject of the movie Alone on the Wall.

Morley Safer interviews 92-year old Andy Rooney, who is making his final regular appearance on the program.


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      • Andy Rooney's final essay entitled My Lucky Life
        When I went on television it was as a writer. I don't think of myself as a television personality. I'm a writer who reads what he's written.

        People have often told me I said the things they are thinking themselves. I probably haven't said anything here that you didn't already know or have already thought. That's what a writer does. There aren't too many original thoughts in the world.

        A writers' job is to tell the truth. I believe that if all the truth were known about everything in the world it would be a better place to live. I know I've been terribly wrong sometimes, but I think I've been right more than I've been wrong.

        I may have given the impression that I don't care what anyone else thinks, but I do care. I care a lot. I have always hoped people will like what I've written. Being liked is nice but it's not my intent.

        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 grand children 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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      • This episode marks 92-year-old Andy Rooney's final regular appearance on the program. Rooney has been a fixture on the program since July 1978 and is delivering his 1,097th essay.

      • Credits:
        "Alone on the Wall"

        Editor: Richard Koppel
        Camera: Chris Albert, John Detardiso
        Sound: Dustin Eddo
        Associate Producer: Reuben Heyman-Kantor
        Broadcast Associate: Jack Weingart
        Thanks to: DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite
        Photos from: Dierdre Wolownick, Dean Fidelman
        Video from: Sender Films

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