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Roots honor Jimmy Fallon's hometown of Saugerties on 'Late Night'
The Roots honored "Late Night" host Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday night with a shout-out to his hometown of Saugerties, fulfilling the destiny that Newsday Westchester predicted in January.
If you missed it, you probably weren't alone.
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"Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" has opened most episodes with The Roots' showing love for fans in different parts of the country. On most nights, the group announces the show's episode number near the end of the show's theme song. Sometime in 2010, shortly after the show had tallied a couple hundred episodes, the band began shouting out a city or region associated with the episode number's corresponding area code.
Tuesday night's episode was No. 845, an area code that covers much of the Hudson Valley — including Saugerties, where Fallon spent his formative years. (In January, I was a little off with my prediction of when the episode would happen — I'd guessed late May — but was right in thinking The Roots would hint at Fallon's Hudson Valley upbringing.)
If you listen carefully, The Roots' drummer, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson sounds like he's saying "Socrates" instead of "Saugerties," so I wasn't completely sure if this was a hometown tribute or just my mind trying to fit a square peg into a round hole.
Unsure of what I'd just heard, I went to the Internet's most foolproof resource (Twitter, naturally), to ask the man himself.
I had my answer by this morning.
The Internet is amazing.
This is the second correct Roots-related prediction I've made with Newsday Westchester. In September, I'd predicted that Maya Rudolph would join the band for one of its shows at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester. And that's exactly what wound up happening.
With a 914 area code, Westchester County could get a comparable shout-out by The Roots, especially because it's home to "Late Night" show runner Michael Shoemaker. Look for that to happen in mid- to late October.
And if you need one more local connection to last night's "Late Night" episode, look no further than Fallon's interview with Bruce Jenner, a Mount Kisco native who was raised in Tarrytown and briefly played football for Sleepy Hollow High School. Fallon and Jenner tried to mend fences after the talk show host teased him on the air, and the results were, well, see for yourself below.