Letterman's Top Tens are collected

September 26, 1990

"From the home office in Lebanon, Pennsylvania . . ." To fans of NBC's "Late Night with David Letterman," that nightly introduction means one thing (drum roll, please): Another edition of the enormously popular "Top Ten" lists is about to be delivered.

To meet the demand for classic "Top Ten" lists, Pocket Books has published "The 'Late Night with David Letterman' Book of Top Ten Lists," a compilation of 175 of the funniest "Top Ten" lists presented on the late-night series.

On Sept. 18, 1985, host Letterman announced the first of the now famous litanies: Things That Almost Rhyme with Peas. Since then, "Late Night" fans have heard more than 500 lists. Subjects range from politics to sports to current events to the just plain absurd.

Among the lists featured in the book:

"Top Ten Campaign Promises George Bush Is Sorry He Made"

"Jim Bakker's Top Ten Pickup Lines"

"Campbell's Top Ten Least Popular Soups"

"Top Ten Excuses of the Exxon Tanker Captain"

"Bigfoot's Top Ten Pet Peeves"

"Top Ten Least Popular Exhibits at the Baseball Hall of Fame"

"Top Ten Fears of Snuggles the Fabric Softener Bear"

"Top Ten New Names for the Reunited Germany"

"The 'Late Night with David Letterman' Book of Top Ten Lists" was written by Letterman, series head writer Steve O'Donnell and the "Late Night" writing staff.

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