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William Kennedy writing on the topic of Andy Rooney

William Kennedy writing on the topic of Andy Rooney

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Onpagefourteenofhisnewbook,My
W~£r
AndyRooneywritthissentence;"Oneofmydominatingcharacteristics
hall
alway.
been
that
I'm
notstrange.
tt
Mowthat'.alie.AndyRooney
is
as
strangeascharcoalpeaches,
or
pot.~o
iC8
ere..,whichheinvented.Ohsure,helooks
nODBal,andyoucanunderstandeveryword
hesays,
and
he's
AGiantsfan.
When
Ifirstmet
him
IneversuspectedhewasstraDgem
We
wereatadinnerparty
inthepenthouseofthe
WellingtonBotel,lookingoutattheSouthMallundercon.truction~WebeganswappingmemoriesofAlbany,andof
n~~nwekne~,andwerea~i~ed
we
couldcarryonwith
tu••
storie.foryearstocome+Andso
wehave.We've
Ihave'!lUral
strange!friends.
Sa.eoftheAlbanythinssAndyandIhadincommon
were
Hag..-n'sandFreihofer's,thetwomostfamousbakeriesinAlbany
y.arll
ago.Bedidn'tlikeHagaman'smuohandneitherdid
I.Weboth
liked
Freihofer~s.Weboth
wenttopublic
ecnoola,
hetoSchool14,whichfelldown,andItoSchool20,which
i.
atillstanding.
We
both
remember
ourAlbany
childhoods
vi~idlyheonPartridgeStreetinanupscale
neighborhood
that
hascometobecalledthePineHills--
aae..
inBorthAlbany,whichhasalwaysbeencalled
the
~Bad.
ae
remembersjumpingfrom
garageroof
to
garage
 
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2
roofwhen
hewas
akid.
Irememberjumping
from
boxcarto
boaaar.
w.
bothgrfiWto~esentthemispronunciationofourcitybyoutlanders.Inhimessay
celebrating
thecity'sTrio.ntannial,Andywrotethis:
lilt
is
my
unhappyduty
toreporttoyou,Albanians,that
A~bany
isnotontherestoftheworld'smindmuch.
Ithas
beenmy
e~perience
thatatl...
t
halfoftkosewhohaveheardoftheplacepronounceit
'AJ.~.
y.'"
H*.
i.
absolutelycorrectandItellpeoplewhoperpetrate.uchpronunciationthatiftheydoitagainthepolieewill
escort
themoutsidethecity
limits.
ADdyandIbothwenttomilitaryhighschools,Andyto
AlbeAy
Academy
and
I
to
CBA--
ChristianBrothersAcademy.
We·
bothlovedQUrschoolsandbothhatedthemilitary.l...atthat
w..
amajorpartofthem.Butwebothwoundupin
theArMy,
probablyprofitingfromhavinglearned
the
aaaualofar...,andhow
to
takea
~ifleapart.InhighBchool,AndyplayedontheAcademy'sfootball
t...
as
&
guard
and
atackley
I
neverplayedfootball,butI
played...
en-game
poolinhighschool~andwasonthe
JJavl~
t._
ia
colJ.ege•
.A:nd.y
reported,inthatTricentennial
essay,
that
his
f~ll
CGAch~asEugene
Carson
Blake,whowentonto
bwc,..
prid•
t
oftheNationalCouncilofChurchesand
 
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q...
ral.ecretaryof
the
WorldCouncilof
Churches.
Inhis
book
Andy
describedhilnasan"important
Presbyter
ian."
"Dr.
Slake,,.
wrote
Andy,
"taught
us
several
dirty
tht..-
todo~n
playing
in
theline,
andinavery
Chri.tian
wort
(i)f
wa.y,
advisedusagaj_nstusing
those
tfllfil!!tt.k....
P.~hap.
this
explains
whyCBA~
and
not
theAcademy,was
citfchaapiontheyear
I
graduated.
Andy
and
Dr.Blake's
~~DAlPreabyteriantacticswere
longgone.
Andy
and
r
workedforcollegepubliaations
and
....'t.wally
we
both
becamenewsmen
4
We
wentintothe
armyto
~1I.t
IIIItll1rpants
workingfornewapapera,bothwithalinkto
S·"bu.
..wi
Stripe.,
thefamousmilitary
newspaper.
Andy
voz:okMi
for
Str:Lpes
<turing
WorldWa.rTwo,
which
I
missed.
r
we.drafted
intotheKoreanwar,andwentnottoKorea
but
to
~y,
andh.d
my
ownnewspaperinthe
Fourth
Division
..p:iRtedour
papereveryweek
a.t
thestarsandStripes
pl~
in~adt.
Andy
reallycoveredwar.
I
coveredsports.Hewasa
waroorr•
pona.nt
forStr~pesandhis
book
iaamemorable
and
liv.ly
account
ofwhat
it
waslikedoing
that--
sharing
tW
lIIi1t,f.t:.y
of..!Stonewallincombatwi.ththatmoat
famous
oocr.epon~nt,ErnestHemingway(whomAndydidnftlike
_..,.n4
fincU.nq
outaboutcounterfeitandself-
"dtll_.':t.!.ag
WIlrjournal.ism.

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