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CHAPTER FOURTEEN:
ANOTHER DEBUT FOR DAVE

Tonight is the night.  I can't wait.  Dave is back - and it has been such a long time.  It has been rough trying to get through my daily routine without the Dave break at the end of the day.  I put my feet up after a long day at work - and wonder if I can stay up that late to see Dave. I tell myself I have to, but I set the video recorder just in case. I cannot miss this day.  It is the first day of David Letterman's show on CBS.
 
I can't believe it, but after two Latte's - I manage to stay up after my grueling day at work.  My children are asleep.They have had their baths, I have read them a story and they have had a glass of water. I fed them earlier in the evening. I am ahead of the schedule today, and they are all tucked in. Now it is time for me.  
 
I switch my on television just as David enters THE ED SULLIVAN THEATER. I stop to think about the history that has taken place on that stage.  When I was about 5 years old, I can remember the Beatles debut in America. I was thrilled! Their long hair was truely something to behold. It was exciting that four regular guys, ordinary people so to speak, could actually make it that big over night in America.  
 
I can still hear Ed Sullivan- "Tonight, we're in for a really big show".  My family and I would gather in front of the one Black and White television that we owned nestled in the corner of our living room.  We would watch The Ed Sullivan Show every weekend together. It was a time for the family to unwind together. I remember countless stars debuting on Ed's show. Sonny and Cher popped into my head as I write this. This was a simpler time, when the world revolved around Ed Sullivan on the weekend. It was a time that I would grow to miss!  
 
As Dave entered the Ed Sullivan Theater, I began to feel a bit nervous. I was hoping that the change in Networks, from NBC to CBS, would not hinder Dave's show. I was hoping that things did not change too much. I liked the old show - and was sad that I had to do without it for so long.
 
After about ten minutes into the show, I knew that all would be fine. All the familiar jokes, monologues and routines were still there.  The "Top Ten List" was better than ever thanks to CBS's new graphics. It was Dave's show - and a lot more. The theater was redecorated - and so much grander than in the old Ed Sullivan days.I am impressed with the dark blue shining floor, the back drop of the New York skyline is inviting - and the set is quite beautiful. What a night!
 
One can feel the excitment in the air.  All of us are awaiting Dave. Dave has soared to the top of his profession. He had everyone fighting for his show. Now it was time to see what Dave and his crew have put together. It is not disappointing. 

The first monologue touches upon the current events of the time. Dave is hilarious. Good old wisecracking, twisted Dave is back! He just has an incredible wit. I am  constantly  on my toes guessing what he has up his sleeve. Most of the jokes are aimed at not stealing jokes and creative material from NBC. Tom Brokaw is here to claim that Dave has stolen one of NBC's jokes. Very funny indeed.
 
Bill Murray is the first guest on the show. I can remember Bill on the first Late Night show.  How appropriate! I am gazing at the beautiful set - happy that Dave is doing well -and then Bill Murray pops up and decides to spray paint the new desk! I am in tears laughing, but I could not believe that he ruined that pristine set in one night!  Ha -Ha! Leave it to Bill. Quite funny! There are several other routines sprinkled over the hour. Another successful beginning for Dave! Dave scores once again!
 
The show was quite a success. Dave has delighted me once again. I cannot wait to see what the papers and the news will be saying about this event in the morning. I am anticipating the conversation at work the next day. I am exhausted and happy both. This was truly a moment in history.

 

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