Don Pardo. Famous announcer extraordinaire, dead at the age of 96, and working almost to the end of his life. If you don't live in the United States, you may not know his voice, but here, he has been the announcer for the long lived show Saturday Night Live.
He was its announcer from its start in 1975 to earlier this year.
Prior to that, he did announcing for game shows such as The Price is Right and Jeopardy. Which leads into a little memory.
As many of you know, I grew up in New York City. I attended a local college in the Bronx.
In 1971, during my college's summer break, I went with a couple of my friends to NBC Studios at what we now call "30 Rock", to see the taping of Jeopardy. This isn't the Jeopardy most of us know, but an earlier version, hosted by Art Fleming. Who was the announcer? Yes- Don Pardo.
Don Pardo. (his voice is prominently featured in the video, too.)
Can you imagine working until you are 96 years old?
Rest in peace, Don. Those of many generations mourn your death.