Rooney's last rant ...
With 1,096 essays for "60 Minutes" under his belt, Andy Rooney will deliver his 1,097th on Sunday's broadcast. And it will be his last as a regular contributor.
The 92-year-old Rooney will announce his departure at the end of the program, where he has been featured since 1978, CBS News announced on Tuesday. It will be preceded by a segment in which Rooney looks back on his career with "60 Minutes" correspondent Morley Safer.
"There's nobody like Andy and there never will be," said Jeff Fager, chairman of CBS News and "60 Minutes" executive producer.
Rooney joined CBS in 1949 as a writer for "Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts," a hit show of that day. He also wrote for "The Garry Moore Show" (1959-65), a popular variety show. At the same time, he was writing for CBS News public-affairs broadcasts such as "The Twentieth Century" and "Calendar."
Fleetwood munch ...
Long before the success of Fleetwood Mac, when band founder Mick Fleetwood was a kid in the U.K. learning how to play the drums, he dreamed of having his own restaurant. His parents entrusted the then 9-year-old with the stable of the old farmhouse they lived in, and young Fleetwood turned it into something of a children's speakeasy that he called Club Keller. Instead of booze, he poured Coca-Cola.
"I used to serve up Smith's crisps and fish and chips and stuff for other children to come round," the bearded rocker recalled during a recent interview, his eyes twinkling at the memory. "I had my radiogram and my drums in there and it was my world."
Now, five and a half decades later, Fleetwood is creating a new world for himself and his music: He's opening a restaurant early next year in his adopted hometown of Lahaina on the Hawaiian island of Maui.
"I've always wanted to do this," Fleetwood said on a visit to his manager's office in Beverly Hills. "I'm like one of those weird Chinese creatures where you see something 30 years ahead. It's petrifying and exciting and fulfilling, because ... if you keep focused, and it's a corny thing, but if you visualize and visualize and visualize, a lot of stuff really does come to you."
Green accolade ...
Justin Timberlake has been lauded for his work in music, TV and film. Now he's about to get an accolade for trying to better the environment.
The Environmental Media Association says Timberlake will receive its Futures Award, which represents future environmental leaders in entertainment. The group cited Timberlake's attempts to reduce his carbon footprint during his tours, his advocacy for environmental issues and his eco-friendly golf course outside of Memphis, Tenn.
The Environmental Media Awards will be held Oct. 15 in Burbank, Calif.