David Letterman is my idol.

Or at least he was my idol. It's not that I stopped liking him. I just stopped watching late night TV.

But I watched him religiously between 1984 and 1990.

As a guy who talks into a microphone, he truly affected the way I consciously, and now possibly unconsciously deliver words and phrases.

The inflection with which he did simple things, like introducing guests, previewing their schedule and, probably most importantly, used the pause, has forever affected me.

What an incredible career for a true broadcast pro and a really funny man.