David Letterman's Home Office -
Popular recurring gimmick on the talk show LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN/CBS/1993+
which claims the program operates out of a fictional Home Office that changes location every
few years. The roving Home Office is responsible for preparing
Letterman's nightly Top Ten Lists.
In 1996, the
show's Home Office of Grand Rapids, Wisconsin, relocated to
Wahoo, Nebraska (pop. 3,912). The move was inspired by the fact that
Letterman mentioned that he liked the word "Wahoo." (Sioux City.
Iowa was the earlier home office).
The citizenry of Wahoo, Nebraska immediately began their bid to
become the new site of "The Home Office" by having the Nebraska
legislature proclaim him an admiral in the Great Navy of the State
of Nebraska, as well an inundating Letterman with letters, postcards
and bribes from the citizenry of Wahoo. They sent flowers, clothing,
animals alcoholic beverages, shredded money, and free check-ups at
the Wahoo Medical Center.
When Letterman jokingly said he wanted more, (cars and furniture,
etc.) Wahoo sent him a '76 Pinto, a wall clock made of cow
droppings, and two of the town's teenagers, brothers Jeff and Josh
In the end, Letterman chose Wahoo over Grand Rapids as the new
"Home Office," that is, until he changes his mind and bestows the
title on some other American town. The idea for the Home Office
began on LATE NIGHT WITH DAVID LETTERMAN while Dave worked for NBC
network from 1982-93.
Cities where Dave's "home office" was located during LATE NIGHT
years include: Lebanon, Pennsylvania, Lincoln, Nebraska, Milwaukee
Wisconsin (the first Late Night home office), Oklahoma City,
Oklahoma, Omaha, Nebraska, Oneonta, New York (the last Late Night
home office), Scottsdale, Arizona, and Tahlequah, Oklahoma.
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