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DAVID LETTERMAN’S TOP 7 BOWLING MOMENTS


BOWLING SAW THE DEPARTURE OF A GREAT FRIEND WHEN LATE-NIGHT LEGEND SIGNED OFF FOR GOOD IN MAY.


Pretty much everyone who has a late-night television talk show today


idolized David Letterman, who ended his long and successful run on May 20. On a CNN special report on Letterman’s retirement, Conan O’Brien called


Letterman’s 1980 daytime program on NBC “arresting.” O’Brien, who later applied for a writing job on Letterman’s late-night show, added, “It’s very hard to explain that to people. This guy was 180 degrees different from anything else you had seen up to that point. The whole thing felt wrong-slash-perfect.”


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Even Jimmy Fallon, who now


program, Jimmy Kimmel noted, “I have more memories of the Letterman show than of my own life from that time… The fact of the matter is: Dave was the best there ever was. Dave started something.”


occupies the “Tonight Show” slot on NBC that Letterman had once hoped to inherit from Johnny Carson, had words of praise. “Like every kid who grew up watching him, I will miss him,” Fallon told the New York


Daily News. “He’s always just there when you need him. I remember after 9/11, we need- ed somebody. The city was in shock. We’re all looking for an- swers. We wanted to see what Dave had to say and we looked at him to say something.”


EVERYTHING BOWLING, ALL THE TIME


OLD RELIABLE:From zany gags to the 9/11 attacks, the nation relied on Letterman for smiles and solace.


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