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"Mary C. Kalfatovic" <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 19 May 1994 09:40:11 -0400
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Does David Letterman's show primarily appeal to "young people" or to 30 or
40 something baby boomers?  Dave makes no secret of being middle aged (47
yrs) and often makes unexplained references to TV shows nobody under 30
could possibly remember (shows like ED SULLIVAN and GARRY MOORE which are
not in reruns).  Indeed, Dave gives the impression of not having watched
much TV or listened to popular music since sometime in the 1970s.  He
often has trendy musical guests (Sonic Youth, Counting Crows, etc.) but
does not seem to know who exactly they are.  Dave's genius is in
recognizing that baby boomers are no longer cool young kids and they need
to be reassured that it's hip to be square.  Compare his show to that
pathetic relic SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, a show which has not changed (in
spirit if not cast) since it came on in 1975 except that it's even more vulgar
now. Why is SNL still on?  Does anybody watch SNL?  I can't tolerate it
for more than ten minutes.
 Mary Kalfatovic