'I Ironed Their Shirts in New Hampshire'

RECEIVED Wed., Jan. 9, 2008

Dear Editor,
    Re: David Letterman's beard: I am kinda saddened to see the beard go. Not because I have facial hair, as well. My reasoning is he started growing it during the Writers Guild of America strike. Being that he backs the writers, maybe he should have kept it until the strike was over, as a show of solidarity. I was surprised when he stepped out on his first broadcast back lookin' all scruffy. Cracking jokes about how he looks like that Saudi/Afghani/Pakistani cave dweller. David and I go back to the Johnny Carson era. I would be sitting on the couch in a pair of shorts and a T-shirt. Eating peanut butter ice cream, straight out of the cardboard half-gallon container with my dad. I think it was 11pm on NBC back then. The ice cream tasted great in those hot, dry, Sacramento summer nights. Even with the cardboard aftertaste. I would love to stay up and watch Carson's monologue with his signature golf swing after. A kid fighting the night for the Top 10 list on Letterman afterward. Anyway, I was surprised to see the beard when he came back but even more surprised he let it go. On the other hand, he would probably be tripping over it by time this strike has officially ended. Some people, such as these two late-night heroes, have always cared. Shame on the corporate producers, unwilling to back all those people behind the scenes who keep it flowing. And damn you for airing for all these unscripted so-called reality shows! Ironic how Hillary Clinton did a cameo on The Late Show that night. Then comes to tears over how much she cares. I'm glad she won that primary. She can honestly say after being jeered, "I ironed their shirts in New Hampshire!" Anyway, hang in there, writers.
Mike Homa
   [Editor's note: It should be clarified that this strike is really not against producers, not even "corporate producers" really, but rather the strike is the writers against corporations.]
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