David Letterman and trucks and me

May 20, 2015
Here’s the thing, amid all the David Letterman farewell news and notes: My brother’s mother-in-law once was flown to New York to show Dave how to arrange flowers—and she was funny, or Dave made her funny without making fun. True fact!

Here’s the thing, amid all the David Letterman farewell news and notes: My brother’s mother-in-law once was flown to New York to show Dave how to arrange flowers—and she was funny, or Dave made her funny without making fun. True fact!

So I was and remained a fan. But that’s got nothing to do with trucks or trucking. (Although the in-laws might have had a small pickup or commercial van to deliver those flower arrangements around the ArkLaTex, back in the 1980s.)

To have an excuse to write something, I did I quick Google search and came across this Johnny Carson spot. (For those of us of a certain age, including Letterman, Johnny was and will always be the king of late night television.)

But I digress.

First the crime: Johnny steals Dave's ratty pickup.

Then the time, featuring Judge Wopnerthe original TV jurist.

Part two, for some reason:

Then there’s this stand-up farewell bit from Norm MacDonald, featuring an early Letterman garbage truck joke that Norm can hardly tell without getting all emotional.  It’s not that funny, but it’s a truck and bureaucracy joke. And a tribute.

Bye, Dave.

About the Author

Kevin Jones 1 | Editor

Kevin Jones has an odd fascination with the supply chain. As editor of American Trucker, he focuses on the critical role owner-ops and small fleets play in the economy, locally and globally. And he likes big trucks.

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