Today’s tribute to David Letterman comes from an unabashed fan. Once this year I even made a one-day pilgrimage to “The City” (as we native New Yorkers call Manhattan) just to be in the audience.
Yes, my husband and I traveled up from Virginia, where we joyfully waited in various lines, met other tourists who had traveled even more ridiculous distances than us. Altogether I felt like an oohey-gooey fan. Just to be part of “The Late Show with David Letterman.” Worth every dollar and every minute!
At the top of today’s post is a public domain photo of David Letterman from 2004, taken while he entertained coalition forces in Baghdad, Iraq, during Operation Iraqi Freedom. David Letterman, a hero of mine for so many reasons: His wit, irreverence, intelligence, humanity.
I have prized David Letterman’s ability to interview in a way that generates human interest (unlike the fawning style of celebrity self-involvement that has become far more prevalent on similar late-night talk shows). Even his “Stupid Pet Tricks” provided human interest, at least to this fan.
Still, I’ll put all that aside as I research the who-you-be of David Letterman from these two contrasting periods in his life.
I’m so curious how he has survived prolonged fame. Has he personally grown from the heart surgery, his one big scandal, fatherhood late in life? All of those very, very human details are public knowledge. Not so, the inner impact. If you’re curious too, keep reading this inside story as only Skilled Empath Merge can tell it.