My tickets to the New Year's Eve Show, already numbered. I didn't get
in because the show overbooked by over 300 people.
Before reading this, I must clarify a couple of things. At the time of this
now infamous incident, I was very upset about what happened, not to me,
personally (As you can tell with all of these trip reports), but to the
others who had never even seen Dave's show and came from long distances.
Time has passed, and I am not as bitter as I was before. Things have
been "smoothed over," and the results of that smooth over will be described
later near the beginning of the Spring. I don't want to discuss it
now, but it will be revealed in the coming months. Now on to the
On December 31st, 1997, I Bill Lehecka, was primed to see my fifth
taping of The Late Show with David Letterman at the Ed Sullivan Theater.
For this trip, it was bitterly cold. I took along my sister Anne-Marie,
the same as from my Knicks Trip Report (No Longer Available). The trip
started off the same as usual, going into
Huntington, catching the train into New York City. Everything went
smoothly, until we reached the city.
First off, we didn't get to the city at the time I wanted to go.
I had to run other errands before I could catch the train. This involved
setting up my defensive driving course appointment to keep my car insurance
down. I got to the theater a little before 3 PM. Once inside
the theater, a page warned us that there may be an overbooking, and we
may not be able to get in. I didn't think much of it. I was
wearing a suit and tie, I was primed, I was ready to go. A-M and
I went to a local eatery and got hamburgers and waited.
Ceorge Clinton arrives at the theater.
We got back to the theater at 4:10 PM and were placed in line. It was
freezing cold out there. It must have been 20 degrees.
While waiting near the 53rd street entrance, A-M and I had a nice conversation
with this couple from New Jersey. We were all excited to get in.
While waiting, we caught eye of one of the guests, George Clinton, pictured
to the right.
Then all of a sudden CBS pages start handing out papers. It
turns out they overbooked, like they feared, and had to turn people away.
Now I was naturally upset, waiting out in the cold for so long, etc., but
stories came out that people who had numbers 162 and lower were turned
away. That translates to almost 300 people turned away who had tickets.
People like myself got really upset, but I'm totally past that now.
The show didn't air, even, except on the West Coast, so it was some redemption.
This story continues, my friends. To be continued...