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.
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.
One thing Andy forgot to say: stay off his lawn. But I suppose that was pretty much implied. Here’s Andy Rooney’s final send-off…
I want more like this!
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