THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON — Pictured: (l-r) Host Johnny Carson as Tarzan and actress Betty White as Jane during the ‘Tarzan and the Apes” skit on August 14, 1981 — Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
Since last Friday, I started to include the date in the daily Bag of Randomness post title. I thought someone would have commented on it by now.
I was curious as to why Jimmy Carter wasn’t part of the presidential bit on Letterman’s finale, and then I remembered about ten days ago it was reported the 90-year-old flew back early from Guyana in an election-monitoring trip. I’m not sure how early they started working on the taped bit, but he must be pretty ill not to do a ten-second video.
One of my Canadian readers told me all of Canada missed the first five minutes of the Letterman finale – The rules up here for TV networks is that if a show is on a US network and a Canadian network at the same time then we must watch the Canadian feed and only get Canadian commercials….the famous example is the Super Bowl every year…we don’t get to see your commercials. Well tonight OMNI, the Canadian network that shows Letterman cut from the show at 12:37 for five minutes so we were watching another show….even on the CBS channel….
With lake levels looking really good in the area, I fear a lot of news reports of lake accidents and deaths this Memorial Day weekend.
I didn’t catch a lot of that Red Nose Day telethon, but I did catch U2 and then Coldplay working with the ‘Game of Thrones’ cast. The best part of that skit was Jon Snow singing “Wildling” to the tune of “Wild Thing” to his red-headed beauty, Ygritte.
Today’s does of ‘MURCIA – A Civilian’s Guide To The U.S. Military – I knew a lot of this stuff already, but I wasn’t aware the Coast Guard moved from under the Department of Defense to Homeland Security.
imgur – When my brother was born in 1985, my mother purchased two identical teddy bears. The one on the left has been my brother’s for 30 years, the one on the right has been kept in storage for my brother’s first child who was born today.
“Pick your enemies carefully because they’ll define you.”
#ThrowBackThursday – That picture was taken in May 1998. I signed up for a week-long semester of classes in which all you had to do was go to NYC, visit a bunch of financial institutions, and write a couple of papers. Part of me didn’t want to go because my father was already in the hospital for a month, and he ended up dying a month later. I remember him telling me that even though it’s May, I should take a heavy jacket because it gets pretty cold in New York at night. I just kind of agreeingly nodded at my father thinking he might be high on painkillers and didn’t take a jacket. Well, that was a mistake because I was freezing most nights, and the jacket you see in the picture is borrowed from a friend.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see a show but checked out the street they blocked for some sort of bit they were doing outside the theater. I did catch a Conan taping that week.
I think one reason so many friends of David Letterman are tearing up when talking about him is that they know he’s a bit of a recluse, a real private person, and despite what he says, there’s a 98% probability we’ll never see him in public again, so all of this is like a living wake for them.
So Dave is gone. You can’t feel sorry for the man, he’s had a legendary career, rich beyond dreams, and it seems he’s finally happy. But it’s hard to let go because doing so means something that was there for most of our life is gone. A constant is no longer there. It brings to realization that life changes and everything in it is fragile. So it’s not so much that Dave is retiring, it’s that we don’t like letting go. The door is slamming on our youth.
I’m so grateful that CBS let the show run 17-minutes long, and how they handled Dave’s retirement.
Man, that opening with all the living presidents (sans Carter) was beyond fantastic, very classic Letterman and what a great way to set the mood. And I love how he was introduced . . . from a small town in Indiana.
I remember the studio audience for Carson’s last show was only for family and close friends of his and his employees, but I think Dave just let in a regular audience.
Dave has always acknowledged his monolog was never his strong suit. It’s his bits, interviews, and the rare confessions of the heart that made him unique.
I was ecstatic they brought back the old school commercial cards.
Dave didn’t need to mention his successor Stephen Colbert at all, especially in his last show, but he took the time to do so, which I thought was classy.
I wonder how many total hours I’ve spent watching Dave.
Funny that Dave joked about wanting to become the face of Scientology and then they actually ran two commercials during his final show.
Of all the things I really enjoyed, it was that behind the scenes video.
“Of all the nice things said, merited or not, do me a favor, save a little for my funeral.”
We don’t get to see much of his son, Harry, but that was a nice moment seeing him sitting in the audience. It was a better moment hearing Dave talk about how much his family means to him.
I think Dave is at his best when he’s just sitting behind his desk yacking without any guests, and it was cool seeing that last night at the very end. It’s off the cuff and genuine with sprinkles of funny.
The Foo Fighters were solid last night, and as much as I enjoy seeing them play, in tuxes no less, I really enjoyed all those pics and clips.
I think I counted a total of four Jay Leno pictures displayed in the show.
Mission Accomplished – “I want it to be upbeat, and I want it to be funny, and I want people to be happy that they spent the time to watch it,” Mr. Letterman said of his last “Late Show” in an interview with The New York Times.
James Corden had a good bit with Sting to start off his show with a hat-tip to Dave, and had his band play Dave’s song as he walked out. And to top it off, he had a Top Ten list of things we’ll miss about David Letterman.
I can see Dave hosting the Kennedy Center Honors with a laid back approach.
I got an eye exam yesterday, probably my first in seven years. I thought with 40 fast approaching, staring at a computer screen every day for at least 8 hours, and a sensitivity to light, my eyes would be in bad shape. Nope, I still have 20/20. But because I was driving a rental and left my sunglasses in the vehicle we actually own, I had to sport those flimsy shades so I would be able to see outside. Without any shades, your are easily blinded by sunlight.
I forgot how long it takes for your eyes to adjust after getting examining drops put in. Since my job entails working on a PC and sometimes having to look at lines of code, I wasn’t really productive yesterday after the appointment.
Because of the tornado, Mineral Wells made the ‘CBS Evening News’ last night. They referred to as “the resort town of Mineral Wells”. Well, it used to be a resort town.
“Risen” takes an imaginative approach to the New Testament accounts of the crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth, who the Bible describes as being resurrected from the dead three days later. The new film is told from the perspective of a fictional top Roman military official who oversees Jesus’ death on a cross.
The unbelieving tribune, named Clavius, is commanded by Pontius Pilate “to find the body, dispel rumors of a risen Messiah and prevent an uprising in Jerusalem,” according to a press release. Clavius is assisted in his mission by Lucius, another “abiblical” character. Lucius is portrayed by Tom Felton, popular for his role as the pernicious Draco Malfoy in the “Harry Potter” film series.
The press release itself presents “Risen” as a sort of continuation to “Passion of the Christ,” although promoters do not directly refer to the film by its name: “Twelve years after the blockbuster film about Jesus’ crucifixion and many others like it, RISEN picks up where that film dropped off in the biblical story of Jesus’ death, resurrection and ascension.”
The first part of the video is about shoe selection, so I have the video below cued to start at the actual testing or review part.
One reason I’m making this post is that I’ve always wanted a pair of those really classic pair of gray New Balance shoes, like the 990V (the 990s have quite the history and cult following if you do a little research), but I didn’t want to pay $155 for them. I was recently at Dick’s Sporting Goods and they had them for sale for five buck cheaper, which wasn’t enough for me to bite.
Later that day, WifeGeeding wanted to shop at Target and I told her I wanted to look around Gander Mountain which was a few stores down. To my surprise, they had the shoes heavily discounted for $85, so I pulled the trigger. Their website doesn’t show the sale or discount, but if you are in the Lewisville area, give them a call and see if they still have them on sale.
David Letterman is like that funny uncle you see a lot as a child, but as you grow older, you kind of forget about him and just think he’ll always be there. You go back and visit from time to time, looking at how he’s changed and wonder if he was really as funny as you remember, but none of that matters, because you just accept him for the quirky man that he’s always been. But in truth, he’s not as bratty as he used to be, the slow but mighty river of life smooths those sharp edges and brings a bit of intimacy and serenity to his overall perspective of things. You start to process how he’s changed, physically and personality wise, pleasantly surprised at how he’s become warm and charming, and then do a self-inventory on yourself.
I consider last night Dave’s real last show, as it’s the last in its traditional format of having guests and going through the normal late night talk show routine.
Last night Dave ran a clip of local CBS affiliates referencing he was the host of ‘The Tonight Show’, the job he was so famously passed over for.
At the end of last night’s show, an “In Memoriam” of names was displayed after the credits. Clavert Defeorest was of course on the list. I thought that was pretty classy.
As much as I love Regis, it bugged me it was taking him so long to exit, but I did love how Dave poked fun at it.
This is what I would love to take place for Dave’s final show. At the show open you see Dave’s silhouette run across the stage as usual, but instead of him coming out for a monolog, it’s Jay Leno. Dave then comes out, the muck it up for a bit, and then, I don’t know, but I just want that first part to happen.
My channel guide tells me that repeats of ‘The Mentalist’ will take Dave’s timeslot for this week and next week.
Many thanks to Bryan for providing the link to an article about how the P2 Ranch in Johnson County got involved with ‘The Amazing Race’ and everything that went into it.
This is a pretty interesting GIF of a man feeding snakes. It starts off slow, but then there’s this one pesky sucker and it’s amazing how nonchalant he is when it gets out.