Jim Cooper / Associated Press
Andy Rooney, in his office at CBS in New York in 1998. The "60 Minutes" stalwart said in 1981: "I've always said that ideas are overrated. I'm more apt to collect information on the obvious, which we all have but haven't bothered to put together. We're so busy analyzing the obscure that we haven't realized that we haven't really mastered the commonplace."
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