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AP phones ring for Andy Rooney

THE BALTIMORE SUN

More than 6,000 people took "60 Minutes" commentator Andy Rooney up on his suggestion that they telephone the Associated Press in response to a TV critic's call for him to leave the show.

In a March 20 column, AP writer Frazier Moore called Mr. Rooney a "chronic fuddy-duddy whose contribution is ending the show on a sour note."

At the close of Sunday night's "60 Minutes," Mr. Rooney put the AP's Rockefeller Center phone number on the screen and asked his viewers, in effect, to vote on his future.

By midafternoon yesterday, the wire service's switchboard had handled more than 6,000 calls, with sentiment running "overwhelmingly in Andy Rooney's favor," AP spokeswoman Tori Smith said.

Pub Date: 4/02/96

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