"Human interest" guests fall basically into two categories: topical, and people with unusual hobbies, talents, or obsessions.
What we look for in a topical story varies widely. It can be anything from a lottery winner to a dog who steals his owner's truck. We have featured a nurse who saved her son's iguana by giving it mouth-to-mouth resuscitation; a 10-year-old boy who was home alone and punched out a burglar who was trying to break into his house; and the man who George Steinbrenner dubbed the "Number One Yankee Fan" because he waited on line 33 hours for play-off tickets.
What all of these stories have in common is that they are light-hearted stories with a happy ending. Hero stories are always welcome. Other human-interest guests are people with unusual hobbies, talents, or acts. These are likable, outgoing individuals who do something extraordinary. Examples of this type of guest are the 105-year-old woman who wrote a horse handicapping column for the New York Post; the "Human Echo," a man who could repeat anything anyone said in 1/50th of a second; and a pool player and trick shot artist who could knock 90 balls into the pockets with one shot.
If you consider yourself to be one of these people, or if you know of someone who might make a great human-interest guest, please send a videotape of the person along with a letter to:
Celia Converse Attn: Human Interest Late Show with David Letterman 1697 Broadway, 11th Floor New York, NY 10019
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