Flashback to 1993 when Letterman was just putting the finishing touches on The Ed Sullivan Theatre and preparing to take on Leno by reading through the entire 8 page cover story article on Letterman where Time columnist Richard Zoglin gets a behind the stage tour of the new Late Show including speaking with the cast and crew.
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"Look at this," he says, striding into the room in his workaday outfit of T shirt, shorts and sneakers. "It's brand-new. Clean walls. New carpet. Office furniture. I used to have a paper route, and now I have three floors of a theater building on Broadway in New York City. I'm the luckiest man alive." - David Letterman