During David Letterman’s tenure as a late night host, he had a lot of sidekicks and kooky characters – but none of them were quite so endearing as his Mom.
Dorothy Mengering, “Dave’s Mom” as she was known to audiences of both “Late Night With David Letterman” on NBC, and CBS’s “The Late Show with David Letterman”, died peacefully on Tuesday at her home in Carmel, Indiana. She was 95.
A church secretary by day, Mengering almost accidentally become a beloved late-night fixture, primarily during the 1990’s, thanks to her many appearances with her son. She took part in fun segments like “Cooking With Dave’s Mom”, Top 10 lists (see below), and the American Thanksgiving staple, ‘Guess the Pie’, filmed via satellite from Mengering’s own kitchen.
But it was when Dorothy served as the Late Show’s official Winter Olympics correspondent, starting with the 1994 Winter Games in Lillehammer, and continuing with the 1998 Olympics in Nagano and 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, that her star power really took off.
“When Paul and I started the show, and throughout the years, I was lucky enough to have my mother as part of my program here,” Letterman told his audience on Mother’s Day 2015. “We would send her places, she went to the Olympics…she traveled all over, and she got to be a very nice part of the show.”
Yep. One of the many unforgettable pieces of the last truly great late night show. ~ Jason