Andy Rooney reminisces about Albany Academy days

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There are many things Andy Rooney loves to hate, and he describes them in his new book Out of My Mind. For all the things he loves to hate, though, there are a number of things he loves to love, many of which he described for students at the Albany Academy on Friday, Sept. 19, when he traveled to the school to be a part of the 2008-2009 Alumni Series.

Rooney is most famous for his opinionated segments on the news television program "60 Minutes," in addition to having written more than 800 essays, 13 books, and having earned three Emmy Awards, as well as a Lifetime Achievement Emmy in 2003. Rooney has also won the Writers Guild Award for Best Script of the Year six times.

Since 1979, he has been writing a syndicated newspaper column for Tribune Media Services.

Prior to lecturing the students, Rooney met with a few old friends and classmates in the Trustees Room at the Academy.

He told those gathered, "Driving from New York up here I thought, 'Why in the hell did I say I'd do this."

But then, he said, he remembered.

"I love the Academy," he said. "I was never a good student, but I loved it."

In his time at the Academy, Rooney said, he became captain of the football team and participated in several clubs. He also remembered a French teacher who stuck out in his memory as having the worst possible knowledge of the language.

Rooney said he had memories of delivering the Knickerbocker News, which is now the Times Union, as a schoolboy, and riding his bike to and from the Academy.

When asked if any one teacher or memory has contributed greatly to his success, Rooney said, "It's hard to know. As a poor student, I got a good education at the Academy."

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