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May 1, 2014

Slice of Jay in Manhattan; Wilson family meets Leno, wife over pizza

Wilson family meets Leno, wife over pizza

A low-key weekend family trip to Manhattan turned Hollywood-ish for a local family who just so happened to bump into Andover’s native son Jay Leno out for a pizza lunch.

The Wilson clan of Bradley Road spotted the recently retired talk show host and his wife when they stopped into Angelo’s Pizza for a slice.

“As we were escorted to our seats, we saw Jay Leno having lunch with his wife, Mavis,” Dave Wilson, a 20-year resident of Andover, reports of the fortuitous meeting.

Not wanting to miss the opportunity to meet the talk show host who recently stepped away from “The Tonight Show” desk, Wilson took advantage of two things they share in common — Andover and Emerson College in Boston.

“As he was leaving, I introduced myself as an Andover resident and an Emerson grad. He said he was doing the commencement speech this year,” Wilson recounted.

A 1973 graduate of Emerson with a degree in speech therapy, Leno will address the underclassmen during the May 11 graduation ceremony. He will also receive an honorary degree from the college.

Wilson said Leno was very gracious and took a photo with his wife, Martha, and two daughters, Sarah and Emily.

It was actually Leno who suggested Wilson share the photo with the Townsman.

Leno, 64, and a member of the Andover High School class of 1968, has always been a supporter of his hometown newspaper.

“With all his success, it is refreshing to meet such a genuine person,” Wilson said in an email.

— Judy Wakefield, staff writer

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