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April 11, 2014

ADAMCZYK: Letterman was on my side

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Tonawanda News — It has been an enduring joy to have David Letterman on my side since 1982. The way Johnny Carson offered a few laughs before bedtime, the way local newscasters try to end their cursory explanation of the day’s events with something uplifting, Letterman provided a nightly absolution for those fed up with the way the world was turning.

As far as I know, he never had Eddie Lawrence, who died last week at 95, as a guest. In the guise of “the Old Professor,” Lawrence the vaudevillian would offer a monologue like this, taken from his New York Times obituary: “Hiya, folks. You say you lost your job today? You say it’s 4 a.m. and your kids ain’t come home from school yet? You say your wife went out for a corned beef sandwich last weekend; the corned beef sandwich came back but she didn’t? Is that’s what’s troubling you, fella?”

He’d then advise you never to give up, never give up, never give up the ship.

Letterman matured into something of a cranky old professor himself. I’ll miss him.

Ed Adamczyk is a Kenmore resident whose column appears weekly in the Record-Advertiser. Contact him at EdinKenmore@gmail.com.

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