Making Letterman’s Top 10 — Really

I may be the only Hawaii anchor to have appeared in the Top 10 list on the David Letterman show. Granted, it was taped, not live, only about 10 seconds long, and I can’t find the videotape to prove it. But I swear I was on the show.

David Letterman appears during a taping of his final ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ May 20 JEFFREY R. STAAB/CBS VIA AP

David Letterman appears during a taping of his final ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ May 20 JEFFREY R. STAAB/CBS VIA AP

As proof, here’s the little blurb that appeared in the late, great Dave Donnelly’s column in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin back in 2001:

“STILL getting goodnatured kidding from those who saw the David Letterman show Friday night is KGMB news anchor Jade Moon. Letterman’s Top 10 list was for awful sign-off lines on CBS newscasts, chosen from affiliates nationwide. Jade tossed in — and was viewed using — this closer: “David Letterman is up next, so for God’s sake change the channel now!” (A joke, people, a joke!) …”

Now if only I can find that darn tape. It’s around here somewhere.

I’m getting a lot of feedback on my columns on how to prepare for medical emergencies and on reacting to signs of stroke (think FAST). While no one wants to dwell on worstcase scenarios, being prepared can save a lot of time, confusion and grief.

Here’s one of the many emails I received:

“Dear Jade Moon,

“Thank you for the excellent and informative article regarding advice for saving a family member’s life in a medical emergency. We have Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) forms for my husband and me posted on the bulletin board (printed on neon lime green poster board paper!). I never thought to add our medication list, doctor’s information and emergency contacts.

“So I took your advice and updated our Meds list to include reason for taking them. I have also included a copy of our health insurance cards and attached all of this info to the POLST forms.

“I feel well-prepared for any emergency now. What a great relief. Now to educate the children …

“I posted your FAST info on the bulletin board too! Looking forward to your future columns re: your family.”

It’s gratifying that there are folks out there who, because of my column, have taken the time to prepare themselves. If it helps even one family avoid the time-wasting confusion surrounding a medical emergency, then I feel I’ve done my job.

One woman even created a form that she will make available at her church. Now that’s being proactive!

I’ll have more follow-up columns. There obviously is a thirst for information that can help families cope with some of these life-and-death situations, and the aftermath.