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North Salem's David Letterman On Life Now: 'I'm The Guy At Target'

David Letterman of North Salem, before his now-famous white beard, said these days you might find him at Target or CVS shopping.
David Letterman of North Salem, before his now-famous white beard, said these days you might find him at Target or CVS shopping. Photo Credit: File photo

It's a little strange for television icon and Westchester resident David Letterman these days, according to the New York Times.

He isn't sure if he wasted 33 years in late-night television, or why he is growing his long white beard or what's next for his life, said the New York Times.

During a recent interview to discuss life after fame, and his upcoming National Geographic special dealing with global warming, Letterman, a longtime North Salem resident, told the New York Times, he grew the beard because he was sick of shaving, added the Times.

The beard is also a reminder to him that he has a different life. One in which you might find now find him in the local Target store holding up the line looking for change or at CVS, said the New York Times.

During the interview, held in an office more than 100 stories above the city,  Letterman said he isn't sure what comes next and is waiting for someone to present a great idea to him, or maybe, he added, with the same famous sarcasm he won't do anything and fade into the background similar to Johnny Carson when he left TV, added the New York Times.

He isn't sure what to make of today's mix of late-night stars, who he commented all seem to be friends who trade shows. What happened to the competition, he wonders, reported the Times.

He says he doesn't miss late night television and said he is a little embarrassed that it was the focus of his life for so many years, including his ongoing battle with Jay Leno, said the New York Times.

One project he did relish doing recently was being able to travel to India to report on climate change for  “Years of Living Dangerously,” a documentary series  the National Geographic Channel will air on Sunday, Oct. 30, added the New York Times.

One of the main reasons he did the show, Letterman said was he had spent a lot of time thinking about what kind of world his son 12-year-old Harry will live in," said the Times.

One thing that keeps him going while he tries to "figure" out life, is meeting his former bandleader and sidekick Paul Shaffer for dinner, reported the Times.

Shaffer, of Bedford, said he went through the same type of adjustment period as Letterman, said the New York Times.

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