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Andy Rooney Praises Maine

June 12, 2000

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ The Class of 2000 at Gray-New Gloucester High School was looking for a big-name commencement speaker.

So it sent invitations to former presidents, Hollywood stars such as Sandra Bullock and Nicolas Cage and scores of other celebrities.

″60 Minutes″ commentator Andy Rooney was the only one to accept.

He did so, he told the 115 graduates Sunday, because he likes young people and Maine.

``I think Maine is the least appreciated of the 50 states,″ Rooney said.

Rooney emphasized the importance of lifelong learning, regardless of whether one goes on to college.

``One of the good things about learning is how much fun it can be,″ he said. ``And the trick to enjoying school is to realize that what you learn is going to be with you for the rest of your life.″

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