Tonight, David Letterman will host his last episode of the Late Show, bringing an end to a late-night hosting career that began in 1982. Now is a great time to read Peter Kaplan’s old profile of Letterman, which was published in Esquire just a few months before he debuted as the host of Late Night.

Scroll down to read Kaplan’s story, which we republished on The Stacks back in December.