Here is what I didn't reveal in my last post...
While Jay was toddling by in his stinky little car, his head swiveled, did a double take, and yelled out, "Hey, you look familiar!"
That's me, age 7. Quite a hairdo for a 7 year old, don't you think?
And those teeth...can you say braces?
Little did I know that about 15 years after this photo was taken, I would discover I had a male "look-alike".
I was always an avid Carson fan. Throughout the 1970's and 80's, I'd end each night with Johnny and his guests.
One night, a young comedian made his first appearance doing stand-up.
I was mesmorized, couldn't take my eyes off the screen. A shiver went down my spine and goosebumps up and down my arms. Every cliche you could think of, I felt.
Upon completing his routine, Carson waved the young comedian over to his desk...the holy grail of approval from Johnny Carson, that every new comedian sought.
I couldn't move, I couldn't speak. I was dumbfounded. The icecream bowl fell from my hands.
It was just like looking in a mirror.
The resemblance was nothing short of amazing. I knew in my heart that this could not be a coincidence. There had to be a connection.
And his humor...why this guy was almost as funny as me! That's when I knew for sure, that I had to find out...who was this fresh, new comedian? And why did he look just like me?
I knew these would not be easy questions to answer. My work was cut out for me. This would be my personal journey, my Mount Everest, my Olympic Gold Medal, my Oscar.
I followed the career of the young comedian closely. I would not give up until I knew...why, how could this person be my veritable twin?
Soon, he would have an irreverant Late Night talk show (predicated on throwing produce off of tall buildings) that would gather a loyal following.
As his popularity soared, my quest to find my connection to this man intensified.
Years have gone by, and I still search for the answer to my question. I may never know or understand how this man, my clone, my comedic equivalent...is connected to me.
But, I will continue to wonder and search and know, that somehow, someway... David Letterman and I share a link, a heritage, a genetic pool.
For now, that will have to be good enough.