Letterman Gets Treed. (Clippings)

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Letterman Gets Treed. (Clippings)


Trout, Becky, American Forests


David Letterman comfortably quips with movie stars, musicians, and politicians but conversing with AMERICAN FORESTS' Jeff Meyer challenged the veteran comedian.

"How are trees generally in the world?" Letterman opened, as strains of The Beatles' Norwegian Wood faded.

"They're growing," Meyer retorted. On a serious note, he added that Americans realize the benefits of trees and are planting more trees than ever. "Because they provide carbon dioxide," Letterman stabbed.

"No, they absorb carbon dioxide," Meyer corrected.

Meyer, who directs AMERICAN FORESTS' Famous & Historic Trees program, appeared on The Late Show on July 23 following publication of his book, America's Famous and Historic frees. In the book Meyer chronicles the stories of 17 historic trees and tells how to grow the species.

The Historic Tree Nursery grows progeny of trees connected with famous people or events. Several years ago, Meyer gathered seed pods from a tulip poplar in David Letterman's hometown, Broad Ripple, Indiana. The tulip poplar is located several blocks from the market where Letterman bagged groceries as a teenager. Letterman rewarded Meyer's arboreal honor with a premier slot on his show.

Letterman became a bit perplexed as Meyer explained that only trees grown from that particular Broad Ripple. Indiana, tulip poplar--not the whole species--were "David Letterman tulip poplars. …

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