The gruff but lovable Gus was a character on David Letterman
's NBC Late Night
talk show. He was the Bookmobile Lady
's faithful forklift
driver. Gus' real name was Steve Demmler and he was an NBC technician. When Letterman took his show over to CBS, he was one of the few behind-the-scenes handymen Letterman employed on camera
that did not follow.
Gus failed to make two appearances during the bookmobile segments. In 1987 there was a technicians strike and Demmler couldn't cross the picket line
to act in the segment. The Bookmobile Lady was forced to drive the forklift herself and she acted none too happy about it. This presaged her future CBS role as Helen, the Ill-Tempered Ticket Lady.
During another bookmobile
segment Demmler was on holiday and they had a substitute forklift driver. It was explained that Gus was in jail for a minor infraction but later revealed he was in jail for running over his second wife with a riding lawn mower
and then beating to death her new lover with a shovel
Gus changed his name "Guss" after he discovered there were too many forklift drivers named Gus. Gus was known to have a college intern
forklift driver named Kelly.