The famed late night host is retiring after more than 20 years as host of CBS’ “Late Show With David Letterman.”

During his retirement speech, he said he realized his gig was nearing then end when he spent an entire work day trying to identify an eagle he and his son, Harry, had spotted during a fishing trip.  He then questioned his desire to run a network program while his mind was on bird-watching.  He called CBS Chairman Les Moonves and told him the time was right to call it quits.

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Ready for some interesting factoids about Letterman’s career? (Thanks to Wiki…)

College: Letterman started as an announcer and newscaster at the college’s student-run radio station—WBST—a 10-watt campus station. He was fired for treating classical music with irreverence.

Weatherman: Letterman began his paid career as a radio talk show host on WNTS , and on Indianapolis television station WLWI  as an anchor, and weatherman. He got attention for his unpredictable on-air behavior, which included congratulating a tropical storm for being upgraded to a hurricane, and predicting hail stones “the size of canned hams.”

Sports Reporter: In 1971, Letterman appeared as a pit-reporter for ABC Sports’ coverage of the Indianapolis 500. He was initially mis-introduced as Chris Economaki. Letterman interviewed Mario Andretti, who had just crashed out of the race.

And, on a very serious note, we’ll never forget Dave’s moving 9-11 speech, just after the attacks. Audio here.


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