The name Dorothy Mengering might not mean a lot to you. She was a Midwestern homemaker who became an unlikely celebrity in her 70s, as she baked mystery pies and covered the Olympics for her son’s late-night TV show. If I told you she was David Lettermen’s mom… that might ring a bell? Sadly, Dorthy Mengering just passed away. She was 95. David and his mom had great on-air chemistry. Her first appearances came via satellite from her kitchen in Carmel, Indiana, for a segment called “Guess Mom’s Pies,” which became a Thanksgiving tradition. She really became a star when the show took her out of the kitchen and sent her to Lillehammer, Norway for the 1994 Winter Olympics as a correspondent for the Late Show on CBS. She reprised that role for the next two Winter Games. Once she was famous, Dorthy put out a cookbook; 1996’s Home Cookin’ With Dave’s Mom, which included recipes such as “Dave’s Fried Baloney Sandwich” and the secrets behind many of the pies she had baked for the show. R.I.P. Dave’s mom.
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