5 THINGS Man of Letters
David Letterman, former host of the Late Show, will become the 20th recipient of the Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor when PBS airs its Nov. 20 special. A star-studded lineup of Letterman’s friends and colleagues will pay tribute to the broadcasting icon. And big news for 2018: Letterman, 70, will return to TV with six hourlong episodes of a new Netflix interview series. Here are five facts about the five-time Emmy winner.
He worked as a grocery bagger in Indianapolis while in high school.
Letterman’s 33-year streak makes him the longestrunning late-night TV host. (Johnny Carson’s was 30.)
Foo Fighters, his favorite band, appeared on his final broadcast.
He never wore the same tie twice on his late-night show.
The pencils he used at his talkshow desk had erasers at both ends so no one was injured when he threw them.