THE 50-50-90 RULE... Andy Rooney, CBS Legend

THE 50-50-90 RULE:
Anytime you have a 50-50 chance
of getting something right, there's
a 90% probability you'll get it wrong.

— Andy Rooney, CBS Writer and TV Columnist



Whenever I stay up too late watching something, I remember him saying,
No matter what you stay up to watch on TV, it's never worth it.

Or... Nothing in fine print is ever good news.

Read a bit about Andy below. He was a remarkable guy.


Carl Francis


ANDY ROONEY (1919 – 2011) WROTE FOR TELEVISION SINCE ITS BIRTH, SPENDING MORE THAN 60 YEARS AT CBS. He is best known for his weekly broadcast A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney, part of CBS News' 60 Minutes from 1978 to 2011.

He attended Colgate University before being drafted into the Army in August 1941. In February 1943, Rooney flew on the second American bombing raid over Germany. He was the first journalist to reach the Ludendorff Bridge after the 9th Armored Division captured it in 1945. "It was a reporter's dream. One of the great stories of the war had fallen into my lap." It was front page news across America. 

Rooney was one of the first American journalists to visit the German concentration camps near the end of World War II. Years later, Rooney told Tom Brokaw that he had originally been opposed to World War II because he was a pacifist. He recounted that what he saw in those concentration camps made him ashamed that he had opposed the war and permanently changed his opinions about whether just wars exist.

For his service as a war correspondent, Rooney was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal.

Rooney joined CBS in 1949 as a writer for Arthur Godfrey. The program became a hit, reaching number one in 1952. He later moved on to The Garry Moore Show, which also became a hit.

In 1978, his last-word segment on 60 Minutes began, A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney. His segments were usually humorous, often poignant, and occasionally controversial.

Rooney wrote a column in 1992 in which he said it was silly for Native Americans to complain about team names like the Redskins.

The real problem, Rooney said, is we took the country away from the Indians, they want it back and we're not going to give it to them. We feel guilty and we'll do what we can for them within reason, but they can't have their country back. Next question. After receiving many letters from Native Americans, he wrote, When so many people complain about one thing, you have to assume you may have been wrong.