CHICAGO (CBS) — More than 15 years after David Letterman mockingly sent Kankakee two gazebos so the town could promote itself after a magazine named the town the worst metropolitan area in the U.S., a group of students is working to turn the gazebos into a retirement gift for the Late Show host.
Bill Curtain’s students at Kankakee High School were working on tearing down the two gazebos, and using the wood to make a rocking chair for Letterman. They had sent in a request to appear on the show to present Letterman with the gift, but producers at first turned them down.
Curtin said the main goal is to set the record straight about their town.
“The story that’s out there about Kankakee is a negative one, and that just doesn’t reflect the city that they live in, so they want to tell a new story,” he said.
After his student’s quest gained publicity, officials at CBS reversed course, and said the Late Show will send a crew to Kankakee to shoot a segment with Curtin and the students, and bring the rocking chair back to New York.
“I think it’s great. On the same show that Kankakee was mocked on a national stage, we get to promote the positive aspects of Kankakee. So we’re really happy to have Dave feature Kankakee, and all of the great things going on there, and we’re excited to tell our story,” Curtin said.