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Sunday, April 6, 2014

In case you missed it, here’s what was on the blog this week.

Since Letterman announced his pending retirement, I’ve been unable to stop watching his classic clips.  In 2012, Vulture helpfully put together 19 of them for this slideshow. Check out Letterman tormenting customers at a Taco Bell drive-thru, one of my old favorites. “I am one Taco Supreme away from being employee of the month!”

Unfortunately, the clip featuring Dave’s phone buddy, book publicist Meg Parsont, has been taken down. Meg worked in a windowed office across the street when Letterman was on NBC. She appeared on the show more than 20 times. In 1991, People reported a typical on-air conversation:

Dave: “How are things over there in the Smith & Wesson building?”
Meg: “It’s the Simon & Schuster building.”
Dave: “Things going okay with you and your boyfriend Timmy?”
Meg: “It’s Tony.”
Dave: “Okay, Meg, now will you open your window and toss some stuff out for us?”
Meg: “Well, I guess so.”

She was paid $100 for her appearances, which often ended with a gift being sent to her office. Her favorite, People reported, was the Valentine’s gift of actor Billy Dee Williams bearing roses, perfume and a six-pack of Colt 45 malt liquor. Others included a live turkey and Samoan fire dancers. There’s a cute interview with her here, in the 2009 book Dave’s World: The Unauthorized Guide to the Late Show with David Letterman. (“I don’t really find any sexy about him,” she said, when forced to answer questions about whether she found his hair or gapped teeth sexy.)

Now I need to waste a couple of days looking for my favorite Mujibur and Sirajul clips. I better get cracking!

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2 Responses to “The Week in Review”

  1. stacy says:

    I looove her honesty!
    I bet she hung around that job longer than she would have just because of Dave. And the occasional Colt 45 🙂