Happy Birthday Larry ‘Bud’ Melman!
Dear Mr. DeForest (née Mr. ‘Bud’ Melman),
I’ll never forget the day that I first saw you hold up a sign on “The Late Show with David Letterman.” The sign said, “Eat me.” And I was truly inspired. And it was on that day that I decided that I was going to be a sign holder. It didn’t matter that my parents were wealthy Park Avenue urbanites. It didn’t matter that my father was a partner at a successful investment-banking firm. Or that I was educated at Spence, matriculated for four years at Yale University earning a degree in International Affairs, received a law degree from Oxford. None of that mattered. My destiny was to hold a sign. And now I do.
Come see me on the corner of 35th Street and 5th Avenue in New York City. I’m the guy with the Subway sign. I’ll buy you a sandwich.