Death And Retirement

Hello and welcome to another blog post. Sadly, I have to mention the passing of a veteran Hollywood actor, namely Mickey Rooney at the age of 93. He has done a number of films and plays for almost all of his life but one of his major roles for me was on The Simpsons in the episode Radioactive Man during season seven. Nancy Cartwright details his guest starring appearance in her book My Life As A 10-Year-Old Boy, which is just hilarious. I have read that he was only 5 foot 2 inches and that’s even smaller than me and I’m not a big guy myself.
Another thing I should mention is the pending retirement of David Letterman from his career of almost 50 years in show business. He started out on TV and radio as announcers and talk show hosts. He went on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, after starting out at a place called The Comedy Store in Los Angeles. He went on to get his own late night show, Late Night With David Letterman and he has done quite well ever since it started in 1982.
At first he had segments such as: Stupid Pet Tricks and the Top Ten List. The latter still goes on to this day and can be heard on the radio on most stations who rerun it the next morning during their morning shows.
I have always liked the band he had to play him in and out of segments, which is lead by Canadian born keyboardist Paul Shafer. He is also a funny guy in his own right.
Last Friday we all heard that David will be retiring soon and this will sure make for interesting times in late night television, now that: Craig Ferguson, Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers and Conan O’Brien all have their own shows and are doing well so far. It will be interesting to see what happens. Will his show be retired along with him? Will it continue with a new host? What will happen to the band if it does continue? These are questions that I’m sure will be answered at some point down the road.
In the mean time, I would like to thank David Letterman for his many years of giving myself and millions of other people in North America joy and for all the entertainment over the years. If he hadn’t existed I probably would have never heard of people such as: Larry Bud Melvin and we probably wouldn’t have been able to see and hear Matt Groening, just before the premier of the very first Simpsons episode Simpsons Roasting On An Open Fire.
David doesn’t do a lot of interviews but one he did do was with Alec Baldwin on his radio show Here’s The Thing. He goes into detail about his early life in show business and as a radio and TV announcer. He also discusses being a Father and some of how the show runs then and now.
We all thank both Mickey Rooney and David Letterman for all the years of entertaining uss through the generations.


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