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A self-described average student, Letterman later endowed a scholarship for what he called "C students" at Ball State.
Other memorable moments included Letterman using a bullhorn to interrupt a live interview on The Today Show, announcing that he was the NBC News president and that he was not wearing any pants; walking across the hall to Studio 6B, at the time the news studio for WNBC-TV, and interrupting Al Roker's weather segments during Live at Five; and staging "elevator races", complete with commentary by NBC Sports' Bob Costas.
Jimmie Walker saw him on stage; with an endorsement from George Miller, Letterman joined a group of comedians whom Walker hired to write jokes for his stand-up act, a group that at various times would also include Jay Leno, Paul Mooney, Robert Schimmel, Richard Jeni, Louie Anderson, Elayne Boosler, Byron Allen, Jack Handey, and Steve Oedekerk.
(that was never picked up), and co-starred in the Barry Levinson-produced comedy special Peeping Times that aired in January 1978.
Letterman was initially introduced as Chris Economaki, although this was corrected at the end of the interview (Jim Mc Kay announced his name as Dave Letterman).
Letterman interviewed Mario Andretti, who had just crashed out of the race.