Yours Truly, Hugh Downs

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Garrett County Press, Mar 10, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 201 pages
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Hugh Downs, legendary broadcaster at 20/20 and The Tonight Show, describes how an endlessly creative childhood lead to his career as a radioman and broadcaster. Topics examined include: his father’s wayward attempt to automate their entire family home (down to the plumbing), a boyhood attempt to manufacture alcohol (until his Grandmother wrecked the still), being chased by a steam engine, klieg lights and their intense heat, cooking chicken in mud pits, Jack Paar and the role of television. This is an intimate and hilarious autobiography that celebrates the unique mix of whimsy, curiosity and discipline that defines the culture of broadcasting.

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1 The Shots on Me
2 First Trip to Flubdom
3 Malevolence or Mental Myopia?
4 The Green and Golden Days
5 If All the World Were Mechanized
6 Chicken la Downs
7 Talent Tenacity and Trowels
12 Ben Dougherty
13 Hi Jinx and Happenstance
14 First Impressions
15 Catastrophes and Stiff Upper Lips
16 The Ad Game
17 Our Daily Bread
18 A Deal with Reality
19 What is Anybody Really Like?

8 Stage Fright Innocence or Arrogance?
9 TV Technique the Unkown Quantity
10 Two Boys and a Still
11 Take a Giant Step
20 Cogitations of a Broadcaster
21 Photos

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Hugh Downs, longtime anchor of ABC Television's primetime news magazine 20/20, is one of the most familiar figures in the history of the medium. He left the program and regular broadcasting in September of 1999 to write and lecture and to pursue other activities: travel, flying, science studies, riding, sailing, composing . Downs has enjoyed a distinguished 66-year career in radio and television as a reporter, newscaster, interviewer, narrator and host. In 1985 he was certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as holding the record for the greatest number of hours on network commercial television. In the course of his career he has broadcast from every continent and both poles.

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