April 21, 2012

Look, I’m a television star.  (0:04 - 0:06)

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Filed under: tv work 
October 3, 2011
for andy rooney’s farewell broadcast.

(via inothernews.)

“Not many people in this world are as lucky as I’ve been. When I was in high school, I had an English teacher who told me I was a good writer, so I set out to become a writer myself. I’ve made my living as a writer for 70 years; been pretty good.

During World War II, I wrote for the Army newspaper, the Stars & Stripes. After the war, I went to work in radio and television, because I didn’t think anyone was paying enough attention to the written word. I worked with a lot of great people who had the voice for radio or they looked good on television — but someone had to write what they said, and that was me. 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 writer’s 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 often 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 that people will like what I’ve written. Being liked is nice, but it’s not my intent. I’ve spent my first fifty years trying to become well-known as a writer, and the next thirty 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-grandchildren, 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 than that.

This is a moment I’ve 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 see me in a restaurant, please let me eat my dinner.”

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Filed under: reblog writing life love tv 
May 9, 2011
for bragging rights.

I have seen 79.5 of AFI’s top 100 films of the last 100 years, but I have never seen a single episode of Boy Meets World.

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Filed under: film tv 
November 11, 2010
"Technically, I am a freelancer—which is pretty much a modern-day cowboy."

Liz Lemon

(via inothernews)

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Filed under: quote reblog tv writing work 
October 13, 2010
last night

Can’t sleep. Therefore, 30 Rock marathon.

Or: 30 Rock marathon therefore can’t sleep?

Or: don’t want to sleep?

Chicken-egg-chicken-egg.

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Filed under: last night tv 
August 5, 2010

i have this cute/creepy/catchy quiznos commercial song stuck in my head.

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March 31, 2010
last night

in that strange limbo of insomnia+exhaustion; total corporeal confusion.

should i watch pinky & the brain or arrested development?

…or, perhaps, pilfer all the snow peas out of my parents’ leftover chinese food from dinner? mmm, snow peas.

March 16, 2010
for world domination.

♥ = the complete pinky & the brain dvd set as early birthday gift from one w.bayor. NARF!

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Filed under: love tv birthday happy 
February 22, 2010
last (last) night

stayed up ‘til 6am, intermittently watching the olympics and snoozing.

need more of that in my life, less sitting-in-front-of-my-computer-at-the-office-literally-about-to-fall-face-down-into-keyboard-out-of-sheer-boredom-and-fatigue.

kthxbai.

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