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Photos: David Letterman: Career in pictures

David Letterman was born in Indianapolis to a father who was a florist and a mother who was a church secretary. As a young boy, Letterman admired his father's ability to craft jokes. The youngster was able to put his own jokes to the test when he became a radio host for his college's student-run station and eventually as an anchor and weatherman on an Indianapolis television station. Here, Letterman performs at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles circa 1979.

David Letterman was born in Indianapolis to a father who was a florist and a mother who was a church secretary. As a young boy, Letterman admired his father’s ability to craft jokes. The youngster was able to put his own jokes to the test when he became a radio host for his college’s student-run station and eventually as an anchor and weatherman on an Indianapolis television station. Here, Letterman performs at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles circa 1979.

(Martha Hartnett / Los Angeles Times)

By Christy Khoshaba


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