Ray Lytle

The King of Late Night is saying Goodbye

When I was a kid my mom worked two and sometimes 3 jobs. Now anyone who has ever had a parent work more than one job you know that when they are home, the thing they do most of the time is sleep. So when you are in a household like ours when growing up you determine your bed time based on the honor system. My mother trusted that we would go to bed at a reasonable time.

Boy was she wrong!

It was in the early 80’s and I always made it a point to watch Johnny Carson even though I told my mom I went to sleep after the news. She was always a little bit impressed that her pre teen son watched the news. I was sort of not lying as actually what I watched was the sports and then The Tonight show. One night while watching Carson I saw a promo for a guy I was familiar with. A couple years earlier I had a bad infection that kept me home from school in the fall of 1980. I was miserable. This was before Cable tv and staying home from school usually meant watching I Love Lucy reruns but during this bout of illness it meant something else. This guy named David Letterman was hosting this crazy show after the Today show. It was unlike anything id seen before. I thought it was great. I missed it when I went back to school after getting well. I hoped to get a chance to watch it again during christmas break but it was cancelled after a couple months.
It turns out that  the promo on Carson was for that guy David Letterman. He was getting his own show on NBC after Johnny. I thought to myself, This is gonna be great. Needless to say most of my high school and college years were spent watching that late night show on NBC and it shaped who I would become. I am only one in thousands who can say that I was greatly inspired by the guy who will always be the King Of Late Night TV. The guy who made being irreverent cool. He is the guy who announced yesterday he is calling it quits.
So before the talk turns to who is going to replace him as it inevitably will, let me say Thank You David Letterman. You were, are, and always will be the best.

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