"Every year the new cast couldn't wait to hear their name said by him," Lorne Michaels, the creator of Saturday Night Live, tells The New York Times in the wake of the legendary announcer's passing Monday at age 96.
Tuesday morning, loving tributes to Pardo are beginning to pour in. And not surprisingly, many involve reminiscences of when Pardo, in his booming voice, said the star's name – magical moments that, for many, became personal and professional milestones.
Christina Applegate and Tom Arnold, who each hosted SNL multiple times, both posted tributes on Twitter, as did Al Roker, who fondly recalled Pardo saying his name on his first day on air at New York's WNBC in 1983.
Seth Meyers, Andy Cohen and "Weird Al" Yankovic are among the other stars who have honored Pardo on Twitter early today – and there are surely more to come. See their tribute notes below.
Don Pardo thank you for saying my name twice. Dream come true. RIP LEGEND!— christina applegate (@1capplegate) August 19, 2014
Don Pardo said my name only 3 times but I guarantee those will be some of the first things I brag to my son about one day. RIPDonPardo— Tom Arnold (@TomArnold) August 19, 2014
1983, my 1st day on-air at WNBC, Don Pardo said my name in the Live @ Five open. He came up, smiled and said, "I punched it for you". Yes!!— Al Roker (@alroker) August 19, 2014
RIP Don Pardo. A voice that meant so much. http://t.co/X4q9TeHVbO— Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers) August 19, 2014
RIP Don Pardo - the Legendary voice of NBC was one of a kind. What a career.— Andy Cohen (@Andy) August 19, 2014
Very sad to hear of the passing of my old friend Don Pardo - truly one the all-time greats. #RIPDonPardo— Al Yankovic (@alyankovic) August 19, 2014
rip to the most golden voice of all golden voices. SNL's and your very own Don Pardo.— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) August 19, 2014