My Ticket to the 6/2/98 taping of the Late Show.
On June 2nd, 1998, I, Bill Lehecka, made my seventh trip to the Ed Sullivan
Theater to see the "Late Show with David Letterman." For this trip,
I had already been home for a month and was settled into my job as webmaster
of Syosset Ford. I wanted to take Kim on this trip with me, but she was working
and I didn't want to take her away from her job, so, once again, I took my sister
Mary (This was her fourth trip!). She once again drove me into Manhattan, and
I must say, going on the Long Island Expressway to the Midtown tunnel there
is a marvelous view of Manhattan and it's major buildings. I wish
I took a picture, again... Oh well.
Now before this trip, I left a message with Victoria saying I was
coming. However, she wasn't there June 2nd. At the time of
publication, Victoria's now working in Florida. She told me that's
a place she'd always love to work because she's from there. I'm happy
for her, and I wish her all the best.
Mary and I parked in the same place as we did before, on 53rd street
and an affordable parking garage. We went in line. We had numbers
31 and 32, so we were looking good. This time there was no moving
up in line, and part of me felt better about that. May 4th when I
was whisked away was amazing, but I kind of like it when I'm equal with
everyone else. My sister Mary was hoping to sit on the floor since
she never has, however, we got balcony, 2nd row, near the sound guy.
The sound guy even yelled at me for leaning up against his equipment (The
guy must have told so many people to not lean on the thing, when he told
me, he was forceful, but almost bored... :-) ).
Eddie Brill once again did his amazing warmup. The preshow
video was a good change, Dave goes around Los Angeles (You know, Tacos
for everyone, smash things under the car, dipstick, etc. etc.) Mary
was happy for the change. The preshow went on as normal, and Dave
came out. He talked about always sleeping in the yard, and to make
sure you always check yourself for ticks. by the way, no questions
Act I featured summer plans of the celebrities. One comment
made about Andy Rooney was edited out of the broadcast. The guests
on that night were Norm MacDonald (Great Guest, always pointed at Paul.
Also worth noting this was the episode that Norm talked about his movie
Dirty Work getting banned by Don Ohylmeyer (idiot)), Jacques Villenueve
(Race Car guy, I think Formula 1, I'm not sure. I'm not big on watching
racing, but I love doing it on the Northern State... :-) ), and Singer
Randy Travis (He wasn't bad at all). The show ended, and I was satisfied....
I was stopped by Letterman assistant Helen Stoddard (Some AFL'ers
may remember her as the person who composed Marilyn
Sargent's letter from Dave about her amazing Christmas Poem).
She was out of breath from trying
to find me. She was sent up by Laurie Diamond because Laurie spotted
me in the audience (If some of you may recall, my laugh was pointed out
by one Mike
McIntee of the Wahoo Gazette. If I recall, he compared it to
one John McD of Rosie O'Donnell fame. Geez louise!). Anyway,
Helen said that since I was such a big fan of the show, she brought me
cue cards from the monologue, A Late Show with David Letterman coffee mug
(Pictured on the right), and new Late Show pencils that aren't even on
the market yet (They are now. An example of one is at the top of the page)! I was so grateful! I thanked her and
made my way out of the theater with cue cards and a coffee mug. Mary
made a passing comment that the floor would be a great place for her to
sit next time. Oh well.; There's Trip Number 7. When will
trip 8 take place? Who knows. (ed. note, well, you can find the link below... :-) )
A picture of the mug
given to me as a gift.