Jay Leno Drops By Wasilla to Visit Troops

The Associated Press
 
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Late night talk show host Jay Leno dropped byWasilla to help open an Air Force Reserve recruiting office.

The host of “The Tonight Show” was in Alaska to perform a show Saturday at Joint Base Elmendorf-
Richardson in Anchorage.

He also helped cut a ribbon for the opening of an Air Force Reserve recruiting office in Wasilla, the home of Sarah Palin. Leno thanked recruits sworn in at the grand opening.

It was also a great day for the U.S. Air Force Reserves in the Valley, said Lt. Col. Bryan Winter. “We have a new group here, the 477th Fighter Group. There are about 500 people we’re looking to hire, and we’re looking for all kinds of job specialties for people to come out and help us support the defense of the nation,” Winter said.

Leno isn’t local, but has demonstrated tremendous support for the military, Winter said. His Alaska visit is all donated time.

The funny man was personable and humble, taking time to talk with local residents, sign autographs and see some of the unique automobiles they brought for him to see. And Sieler’s made an impression.

“It’s nice,” Leno said. “He did a nice job. That’s the kind of stuff I like, home-built stuff.”

Because of his well-publicized love for anything that rolls, Leno is often greeted by people wanting to show off their prized automobiles.

“Oh, all the time,” he said, adding he appreciates that people take a special effort to feed his personal interests. “That’s what’s fun. That’s the cool thing when you have a TV show and you play yourself. Your interests are real. You play a doctor on TV, they all want to know doctor stuff, and you’re not a doctor. I’m into cars and motorcycles, so whenever I go places people want to show me.”

KTUU-TV reports Leno shook hands with fans and inspected several vehicles driven to the event, including a small truck rebuilt to resemble a giant Radio Flyer red wagon.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. countUp
    Oct 11, 2010 @ 13:48:59

    so did our military pay for this junket?

    Reply

    • Syrin
      Oct 11, 2010 @ 14:42:21

      I don’t believe so, ….Jay Leno’s Alaska visit is all donated time is what the article said. I’m sure that those events were scheduled to happen anyway regardless if he made up here or not..

      Reply

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