GE & Me
Something this week brought to mind David Letterman’s 1986 visit to GE headquarters, delivering a fruit basket to his new corporate masters, who had just bought NBC. Apparently the New York Times was thinking about it too, since they scouted a YouTube clip for us.
We don’t know whether Michael Moore was inspired by Letterman’s bit for his 1989 GM documentary, or whether there was just a late-Eighties zeitgeist at work. What we do know is that we had completely forgotten The Official General Electric Corporate Handshake, which remains A Gesture For Our Times.
And now that the week’s events have all but played out, let’s play a hunch: Letterman turns 63 this year. He’s been hosting a late-night program for almost thirty years. He’s rich. He has nothing left to prove. He has a sense of broadcasting history.
He’s also in negotiations right now to extend his contract “deep into 2012.”
No, we’re not saying CBS would fire Dave for Conan. Our hunch is that Dave might take the opportunity to retire with grace. Screw Fox — we’d rather see Conan walking onto the stage of the Ed Sullivan Theater.