David Letterman's mom, Dorothy Mengering, passed away on Tuesday. She was a familiar figure to Letterman's audience.
From the New York Times:
David Letterman's mother Dorothy Mengering, a Midwestern homemaker who became an unlikely celebrity in her 70s as she baked mystery pies and covered the Olympics for her son's late-night show, has died. She was 95.
Watch video here of Letterman calling his mom on Thanksgiving 1991. That's from his NBC show, Late Night with David Letterman.
Here's another Thanksgiving video, this one from his CBS show, Late Show with David Letterman.
Watch video here of Letterman's mom reporting from the Lillehammer Olympics in 1994.
(Wisconsinites, take note. Bonnie Blair and Bonnie Blair's mom are in the video at about 7:45 and 19:20.)
I always liked it when Dave's mom was on the show. If you were trying to cast someone to play an unassuming Midwestern mom, no one could have filled the role better. She seemed like a friendly neighbor, or a lady you'd know from church. I liked her because she was real.
Rest in peace.