H.L. Mencken made Andy Rooney look like Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm. Both gave curmudgeons a bad name. But Andy was shrewd; he played to Middle Americans. He would say something like, “Have you ever wondered why we collect string?” – and they would swoon. He was one of them, they thought. I knew Andy. He wasn’t one of them and I suspect he didn’t think much of them. Mencken, on the other hand, made no secret of his disdain for ordinary Americans, whom he saw as hopeless dolts.