60 Minutes – 5/20/19

Steve Kroft, now 73, the longest-tenured 60 Minutes correspondent, retired at the end of his 30th season last night.  The show just wrapped up its 51st season finale. In September, 60 Minutes will air a retrospective of Kroft’s 50-year career in journalism.

1)  There was a spinoff called 30 minutes?

2)  It originally had a theme song?

3)  The original hosts were Morley Safer and Dan Rather?

4)  Andy Rooney’s famous line “Did you notice?” was uttered in over half of his 1097 commentaries?

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1)  Fact…it was a kids program from ’78-’82.

2)  Fake…the ticking clock has been standard since it began in 1968.

3)  Fake…Harry Reasoner and Mike Wallace.  Morley and Dan were part-time correspondents.

4)  Fake…according to the show’s producers, he never said it once.  It was written for Joe Piscopo to use when impersonating Rooney on SNL.