By Allison Ashley
“Happiness depends more on how life strikes you than on what happens”
The voice of the inspirational journalist Andy Rooney has filled my house every Sunday evening from 7:55-8pm. A tradition in my family is watching the news show 60 Minutes every Sunday. We all gather around the family room and learn about the world. Our favorite part every Sunday was watching Andy Rooney’s short five-minute segment on whatever he found interesting to talk about that week. These five minutes spent with my family led us to hours of conversations about that week’s segment. We never forgot to comment on the two huge, long, grey bushes he has for eyebrows, which always gave my family and me a laugh.
On Sunday October 3, my family and I were watching 60 Minutes and Andy Rooney came on and announced that after 30 years of being on the show, that night would be his last. A wave of sadness washed over me as I thought back on just about every Sunday evening of my life with my family and Andy. I wondered if Sundays would ever be the same.
On Saturday November 5, 2011, Andy Rooney died at the age of 92 from complications of a surgery. I thought hearing this heart breaking news would make me sad, but more than anything it inspired me to be a successful and highly informative journalist. Just like Andy, one day I hope to inspire young people everywhere to follow their dreams. You never know, maybe one day I will be the journalist that brings families around the world together every Sunday evening to discuss my topics and views on the news. As long as they don’t make fun of my eyebrows!