If Andy Rooney Was A Hub Writer

After Andy Rooney retired from the TV program "60 Minutes", it was never the same for me. I missed his offbeat humour. Then shortly after retiring he passed away.

As a HubPages contributor and Andy Rooney fan, I wondered what Andy would have thought of the HubPages experience... and so I imagined Andy's perspective and wrote the following.

I've only been a "Hubber" for a short time, but did you ever notice that some people comment like your story or poem is about you, the writer. Gee, don’t they know we just make stuff up? How boring would a story be if it was about us writers anyway, we lead pretty dull lives. I guess that’s because if we were actually traveling to all those interesting places, cooking all that interesting food, and having all those romances, we wouldn't have the time or energy to write. Oh... I know some of these Hubs are true or based on fact, so don’t leave a negative comment. I wouldn't approve it anyway.

Sometimes I “hop the hubs” and see the strangest things. It’s like the words do not make any sense. Like they were in a foreign language and someone put them through some sort of a translation program. Funny thing is even if the article had been translated correctly, it still wouldn't have been interesting or good. Sometimes it even looks like a code. I flag these for review and always imagine that the Hub Masters are out there catching terrorists. That would be nifty, wouldn't it?

I've gained some followers being here on the HubPages. Currently I’m only rated a 89, whatever that means, but my followers give me lots of encouragement. Some of them are Level 8 or 9 commentators so I’d have to assume they know what they are talking about when they say I’m a gifted writer. I don’t expect to make any money here. I don’t write for the money anymore. I figure, if you haven’t made it by the time you are 92, well you're just not going to make it.

I noticed that hubbers hang in groups, the good writers follow real good writers. Then there are those not so good writers that follow everybody hoping that if they leave good comments, they will get followed. I guess the more people that follow you the better because if they vote you up, your article gets to have a score of 100. Not all the articles with 100 are good and not all the articles with 50 are bad. I hate when that happens.

That said, I would have to say that the HubPages are fun to participate in. I found some great recipes, funny stories and romantic poems. I could spend a lot of time here and never really have to write anything. Maybe that’s a good thing




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Cogerson 5 years ago from Virginia

Very interesting hub Frannie Dee....I feel I read and comment on a many hubs...but sometimes I think I am only seeing a small percentage of Hubpages....I like expanding my horizons...and feel I have learned many things here...my last two comments were on a Star Trek movie and the Weather of the UK... and now this one on Andy Rooney and Hub pages...variety is the spice of life. Voted up and interesting.


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Frannie Dee 5 years ago from Chicago Northwest Suburb Author

Thanks Cogerson...I love Andy and just wanted to pay hommage to this great writer who enjoyed a long career poking fun at us all.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

It sounds just like him! When I saw the title I knew this would be great. And it is. I am going to share it with my followers. Perhaps we can out Mr. Rooney!


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ

This is funny. Does this mean that if good writers follow me, the like me or my writing, but not both?


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

Do you enjoy reading a good story? I know I would and you nailed enough of Mr. Rooney's writer idioms to at least draw some sort of comment from that rascal. Keep an eye out for that wrascally wabbit, he must be around here somewhere...WB


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Frannie Dee 5 years ago from Chicago Northwest Suburb Author

Hyphenbird, Becky and Wayne...glad you had some fun. AR could be anybody!


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suzettenaples 5 years ago from Taos, NM

What a funny hub! I bet you had fun writing this. Yes, he could be anyone of us hubbing around out there. I'm really sort of embarrassed, because I write alot from my own experience. I probably should tone down the honesty a little.

Very original and creative! Voted up!


marellen 5 years ago

What a fun hub. I was reading it with AR voice and I think you nailed it perfectly.


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manthy 5 years ago from Alabama,USA

Cool Hub- Very original - make for a great read

Keep up the good work I voted this up


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Frannie Dee 5 years ago from Chicago Northwest Suburb Author

suzettenaples...thank you, writing from experience is good because it's truth. Remember those comments were Andy's not mine.

Marellen and manthy...thanks for the encouraging commentary.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

I found him. It is Thought Sandwiches!


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epigramman 5 years ago

....well I certainly do love your writing here - you have such an open mind and a wonderful attitude - essential I think for the key to enlightenment at Hubpages and I have a most pleasant surprise for you my friend ......lake erie time ontario canada 1:23pm


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Frannie Dee 5 years ago from Chicago Northwest Suburb Author

Epigramman...thanks for helping me to find the fun in writing.


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ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

Hi Frannie...Andy Rooney retired?? I simply need to leave Hubsville every now and again to catch up on real life stuff. This is quite excellent...you have wonderfully captured his style! I look forward to going through more of your stuff like a hoarder at a garage sale...


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Frannie Dee 5 years ago from Chicago Northwest Suburb Author

Thanks ThoughtS, the door is open but your stuff is even better. Hey, you're not AR are you? Hypenbird thinks you are.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Frannie, he denies it but his stuff reads like Mr. Rooney.


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wilderness 5 years ago from Boise, Idaho

I could almost her the man reading this hub over the air. It is incredible. Are you sure you aren't Andy yourself?

Well done, Frannie, well done indeed.


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Frannie Dee 5 years ago from Chicago Northwest Suburb Author

Thanks wilderness...I'll never tell.

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