Hey, Summer Campers!
You’re not the only ones who enjoy the time spent at summer camp. Today, I’ve got another Celebrity at Camp to tell you about. It’s the host of his own Late Night Show himself, Conan O’ Brien. That’s right—the great Conan himself was a summer camper just like you long before he was hosting the Late Night Show on NBC.
Conan attended Cragged Mountain Farm in New Hampshire for his summer camp days. There he discovered the great outdoors and a healthy lifestyle. Summer campers really find out what it means to be roughin’ it on this adventure. Cell phones, computers, television—they’re all disallowed at Cragged Mountain!
You might call the O’ Brien family well-to-do. Conan was born in Brooklyn, Massachusetts to his father, a physician as well as Harvard professor of medicine, and his mother, a reputable attorney. Far from an only child, Conan was the third kid out of six kids.
In high school, he worked as the managing editor of the school newspaper; but it wasn’t until his senior year that he really proved himself as a writer when he won the National Council of Teachers of English writing contest for a short story of his. He graduated in 1981, the valedictorian of his class.
Conan went on then to attend Harvard where he focused on literature and history. He wrote his college thesis about the symbolism of children in pieces of literature in the writings of authors, William Faulkner and Flannery O’ Connor. After college, he went on to write for popular TV shows like The Simpsons and Saturday Night Live.
It was in 1993 that NBC gave Conan the opportunity to temporarily take over for David Letterman. Though he was basically unknown by the public, the show’s audience grew. Conan enjoyed the experience so much that he went on to create his own late show.
Summer camp sure seemed to do Conan some good. What will it do for you?