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Feeling the loss of David Letterman
Feeling the loss of David Letterman

Your TV criticism is reliably great, but I especially enjoyed the Letterman tribute ["Ever a Fresh Voice," May 17]. I don't watch much late-night TV, but you reminded me how much I loved Letterman when he was first on. He was the anti-Carson who, through Larry "Bud" Melman, passed out cartons of cigarettes to prize winners in Times Square. It was shocking and hilarious. My wife, a onetime Letterman assistant, was at a farewell reunion party for former employees. So many writers who started out on the show in their 20s are now responsible for huge swaths of past and present TV comedy. The Letterman sensibility has really shaped the culture. Sam Johnson Santa...

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