A segment from one in this series of news magazine programs. Morley Safer introduces this segment in which Andy Rooney takes a tour of the Pentagon building in Arlington, Va. Rooney points out that the building is made up mostly of corridors, and demonstrates how difficult it is to find one's way around inside. He also tests the theory that one can walk between any two points within six minutes. Rooney shows the facilities that make the Pentagon a self-contained community, such as the travel agency, real estate office, courtroom, athletic facilities, library, meditation room, printing plant, and various stores. He then visits an army general's office, the office of the Secretary of Defense, and the Secretary of the Army's conference room. After touring the Army Command Room, a clip is shown of George C. Scott in the 1964 film "Dr. Strangelove." Rooney then discusses the informality of the Pentagon, where officers, enlisted personnel, and civilians on staff all mingle on an equal footing, especially in the cafeteria. Most of the talk is not about preparing for war, but about preparing for early retirement. Rooney closes by expressing his surprise that although Russia won't even allow him within its borders, the Pentagon lets him wander around its facilities with a camera crew. Commercials deleted.

Cataloging of this program was made possible by the CBS Foundation, 1998.


  • DATE: April 17, 1977 Sunday 7:00 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 0:13:29
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: T:10613
  • GENRE: News magazine
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Pentagon (Va.)
  • SERIES RUN: CBS - TV series, 1968-


    • Rooney, Andrew A. (see also Rooney, Andy) … Producer, Commentator
    • Morley Safer … Announcer
    • George C. Scott