The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #10 – Barbara Gaines

Hey.  It’s Me.

Barbara Gaines worked with television personality David Letterman for more than 30 years.  She was working with Dave prior to his “late night” days.  The first TV show Letterman hosted was The David Letterman Show, but she called it “the morning show,” and it aired 5 days a week in the morning for a few months in 1980.

“Barbara Gaines” was a name I saw and heard repeatedly over the years as a devoted “Late Show” viewer.  I’m very glad to now know the woman herself.  And I want to give special thanks to our very special surprise guest, Simon, who added incredible insight and honesty.  Happy listening!

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The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #7 – Bill Scheft

I first became completely aware of Bill Scheft’s humor and way of speaking by watching him one night on The Late Show with David Letterman.  Bill Scheft was a joke writer on Letterman from 1991 until Dave’s retirement in 2015.  He was talking with Dave about his book Shrink Thyself and I could relate to his talking about therapy.  He struck me as someone who was aware of how people think and behave and the seed was planted that maybe one day I could interview him.

It didn’t happen while Letterman still had his late night talk show, but everything happens that should, when it is supposed to. The things he talked about at the end resonated deeply with me and I’m glad that I remembered verbatim much of he said. It’s gotten me out of trouble a few times and soothed my soul on a few nights that my thoughts weren’t kind and certainly not conducive to sleeping.   The Bill Scheft interview wasn’t what I expected, but it’s one I will never forget.  Thank you, sir.

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