David Letterman donates talk show memorabilia to Ball State University

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David Letterman Donating ‘Late Show’ Memorabilia to Alma Mater.

Comedian and Ball State University graduate David Letterman is donating memorabilia from his career in television to his alma mater, The Associated Press reports. A new chapter in the David Letterman legacy at Ball State will open soon when the school receives memorabilia from the talk show host’s storied career. Ball State President Paul Ferguson made the announcement Monday night before Letterman spoke to a sold-out crowd at Emens Auditorium with filmmakers Spike Jonze and Bennett Miller. Jonze is known for movies “Her” and “Where the Wild Things Are”. “I want to thank everybody here, everybody on campus and I want to thank the people who run this university”.

Ferguson said Letterman plans to donate Emmy Awards, a talk-show set, props and other items to create “The David Letterman Experience” at the Muncie school. But he has grown the kind of beard a man wears when he doesn’t have to get up for work every morning — looking not so much like Santa Claus but, as he said, like Charles Darwin. Ferguson, however, said the donations will serve as an inspiration to students hoping to achieve the same level of success as the late night legend. “Ball State is his continuing legacy for Ball State students, who will learn from his example and impact on the entertainment and broadcast industry,” Ferguson said. The comedian has remained relatively quiet since then, but announced that he would serve as a correspondent on the second season of the upcoming climate change documentary series, Years of Living Dangerously.

The show’s producers, Joel Bach and David Gelber, reached out to Letterman after noticing his interest in the environment during interviews with scientists on The Late Show. “He seemed to perk up when this issue came across his lap,” Bach said. “We reached out to him to see if he’d want to be part of this, and he said, ‘Absolutely.’ He said [that climate change is] something he does think about a lot.” 2015 may not bring everything that Back to the Future II promised it would: flying cars, self-lacing shoes, we don’t see ’em happening over the next 12 months. (Then again, don’t bet against Nike.) But this year will definitely pack plenty of punch when it comes to cultural happenings. Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again. The items will come from both of Letterman’s late night shows, “Late Night” and “Late Show“. “It’s an honor to be lucky enough to maintain this association”.

Miller said that he relied on improvisation in his filmmaking and might even rewrite a scene the morning it is to be shot. “For me, it’s about exploring and discovering and searching for this thing that is ethereal,” he said. “You have to be open to that thing in your gut.” Neither Mr. Jonze also discussed his famous decision to replace Samantha Morton, who played the voice of a computer operating system in his 2013 film, “Her.” After most of the scenes with the star, Joaquin Phoenix, were filmed, Scarlett Johansson took over because, Mr. Jonze said, he realized he had miscalibrated the character. “I needed a different color,” he told the audience. “It was a terrible phone call to make” to Ms. Letterman asked the two directors for their response to a recent article in The New York Times Magazine about “pervasive sexism” that keeps women from the upper levels of decision-making in Hollywood.

Letterman pressed on. “Having been very, very successful, now can’t you devote your career to help others who struggle to be successful?” he asked.

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