From The Publisher: Aug. 30, 1993

"At some point during the article can you mention that I'm looking tan and well rested?" David Letterman asked TIME in an interview four years ago. "I know I'm not, but I always think that makes for a real successful piece." It was a quintessential Letterman quip, poking fun at himself and the conventions of show business. This time around, we obliged him right on the cover. The truth in his jest is that Letterman is never really tan and well rested -- wasn't then and isn't now, as he puts the finishing touches on the latest entry in the late-night-TV...

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