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Hugh Malcolm Downs (born February 14, 1921) is a long-time American broadcaster, television host, news anchor, TV producer, author, game show host, and music composer. He is perhaps best known for his role as co-host of the NBC News program Today from 1962 to 1971, host of the Concentration game show from 1958 to 1969, and anchor of the ABC News magazine 20/20 from 1978 to 1999. In addition, he's served as announcer/sidekick for Tonight Starring Jack Paar, host of the PBS talk show Over Easy, and co-host of the syndicated talk show Not for Women Only.

Hugh Downs was born on St. Valentine's Day in the year 1921 in Akron, Ohio, to Milton Howard and Edith H. Downs. He was educated at Lima Shawnee High School in Lima, Ohio; Bluffton College, a Mennonite school in Bluffton, Ohio; and Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, during the period 1938 to 1941. He worked as a radio announcer and program director at WLOK in Lima, Ohio, after his first year of college. In 1940 he moved on to WWJ in Detroit. Downs served briefly in the U.S. Army in 1943 and then joined the NBC radio network at WMAQ as an announcer in Chicago, Illinois, where he lived until 1954. He married a coworker, Ruth Shaheen in 1944, 3 days after his 23rd birthday. He also attended Columbia University in New York City during 1955a??56.
Downs made his first television news broadcast in September 1945 from the still experimental studio of WBKB-TV (now WBBM-TV), a station then owned by the Balaban and Katz theater subsidiary of Paramount Pictures. He became a TV regular, announcing for Hawkins Falls in 1950, the first successful television soap opera, which was sponsored by Lever Brothers Surf detergent. He also announced the Burr Tillstrom children's show Kukla, Fran and Ollie from the NBC studios at Chicago's Merchandise Mart after the network picked up the program from WBKB. In March 1954, Downs moved to New York to accept a position as announcer for Pat Weaver's The Home Show starring Arl

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Man of the Mountains: Hugh Irwin receives Conservation Lifetime Achievement Award

A soft-spoken scientist who often works behind the scenes, Hugh Irwin doesn’t typically grab headlines ... Indeed, there have been ups and downs since it was published. Some wilderness areas have been protected in Virginia. Key conservation tracts ...
Posted: May 25, 2018, 3:07 pm

Shawnee Local Schools to hold its academic award night

LIMA — Shawnee High School is holding its academic award night at 7 p.m. Thursday, in Hugh Downs Auditorium, Shawnee High School, 3333 Zurmehly Road, Lima. Scholarships from colleges, corporations and service organizations will be presented, along with ...
Posted: May 15, 2018, 8:36 am

Royal Wedding: How Hollywood Is Celebrating an Actress Princess

including Hugh Dancy, Claire Danes and director Tom Hooper, at Harry's in lower Manhattan — just steps from the Queen Elizabeth II September 11th Garden. "I've witnessed, honestly, the ups and downs, given the tough time that my aunt and Charles went ...
Posted: May 17, 2018, 6:52 am
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