Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Death Of A Showman

Today brings the sad news of the death of one of entertainment's greats: Larry "Bud" Melman. Larry became a star on NBC's "Late Night With David Letterman" in the early 80's (in fact, his was the first face ever seen on the program--he opened the inaugural show with a warning that NBC was airing it without having first reckoned with God), and moved over to CBS with Dave in 1993 (where he had to revert to using his real name, Calvert DeForest, because NBC claimed--get this--that the name Larry "Bud" Melman was the company's "intellectual property").

As a result of his exposure on Letterman, Larry become a pop-culture icon, appearing in everything from movies to long-distance commercials to a Run-DMC music video. So put on a pair of huge eyeglasses and have some Toast-On-A-Stick tonight in memory of Larry "Bud" Melman.

(And where else have you seen this breaking story today? This, people, is why you need me.)

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