|Late Show host David Letterman was in Niagara Falls, Ont. on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012 playing tourist with his family. Letterman poses on the Whirlpool Aero Car before taking a ride. (QMI Agency/MATT DAY)
NIAGARA FALLS - Tune in Monday to see if David Letterman has a Top 10 list on reasons to visit Niagara Falls.
The host of the Late Show with David Letterman spent Saturday in the Falls with his family. Saturday was his son Harry’s ninth birthday.
“It’s a wonderful place for a tourist attraction,” Letterman said as he boarded the Whirlpool Aero Car Saturday after lunch.
”Having an excellent time… We’ve seen the Falls, we’ve seen the film, we’ve seen the Falls and we’ve seen the Falls.”
Letterman was wearing a bright orange windbreaker when he got out of one of the SUVs his group was travelling in. He was sporting a black souvenir tuque with a Canadian flag and Niagara Falls, Canada embroidered on it.
Letterman was travelling with his wife and son as well as another family, believed to be his in-laws.
They visited the Niagara Parks Commission’s Table Rock complex at the brink of the Horseshoe Falls. They took in the Journey Behind the Falls and Niagara’s Fury attractions.
Letterman’s entourage lunched at the Skylon Tower before taking in the Aero Car in the afternoon.
Letterman has been a mainstay on late-night TV for more than 30 years, currently as the host of his New York City-based talk show on CBS. He’s famous for segments such as his nightly Top 10 lists, Stupid Pet Tricks and dropping things off the roof of Manhattan’s Ed Sullivan Theater. Last week, his show went on despite the ravages of Hurricane Sandy, but Letterman taped it without the live audience he usually has.
Niagara Parks Commission chairwoman Janice Thomson greeted the Letterman group at the Aero Car “just to make them feel some hospitality,” thank them for coming and invite them back.
Thomson said greeting celebrities is something she’s called on to do “from time to time” as head of the provincial agency responsible for the parks and attractions along the Niagara River.
”It varies. Sometimes in the summer, it’s obviously more frequent. I’d say in a year, it’s about 10 times,” Thomson said.
Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati said he couldn't let Letterman leave without extending the offer to do his show up here.
"He said that would be terrific and that we'd have to look into it," said Diodati, who met Letterman at the Aero Car.
Diodati said the Late Show host was "exactly the same" with how he's seen on TV and was "very friendly."
Because of its world-famous reputation Niagara Falls is a popular spot for celebrities. In recent years actor Brad Pitt visited the Falls as did singer Katy Perry and the boy band One Direction.
Thomson said she had a brief conversation with Letterman, but had a longer chat with his wife Regina Lasko.
“His young son had never been here before and it’s something he wanted to see,” Thomson said.