Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day, and a Little Wisdom from Andy Rooney

In researching the first US bombing involvement in Europe in World War II for Strachan's Attic, I came across this news story from my favorite curmudgeon, Andy Rooney. In fact, I read the whole thing with considerable interest before I realized whose by-line it was. (And see how vulnerable this guy looked before television got him.)

66 years later, his article is worth reading again: © The Stars and Stripes, February 27, 1943

And last night on 60 Minutes from CBS, Andy Rooney presented his tribute to Memorial Day with that understated insight he's famous for. What he said, as usual, was spot on. The guy gives me goose bumps.

Even if you saw it last night, check out this link to the segment, entitled "On Lives Taken". His comments, generations after that other war story from 1943, are worthy of consideration a second or third time, and again after that - maybe even 66 years from now...although I won't be doing the looking...

I love you, Mr. Rooney.

Quotes to Consider

"If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, Either write things worth reading, or do things worth writing." ~Benjamin Franklin

"Well behaved women rarely make history."~Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

“A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.”~William G.T. Shedd (1820-1894), theologian, teacher, pastor

"It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something." ~Franklin D Roosevelt (1882-1945), 32nd U.S. president

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), essayist, poet, philosopher

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." ~Mark Twain

"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take."
~ Wayne Gretzky