Hugh Downs, the co-anchor of ABC's "20/20," also sticks to what he does. In 1985, he made it into "The Guinness Book of World Records" for having logged more hours on camera than anyone else on commercial network television.
"I had done 10,000 hours and Johnny Carson was second with 7,800," said Downs, who started in the broadcast business 56 years ago as a radio announcer in Lima, Ohio. "That is a world record that still stands."Since then, he figures he has added 500 more hours, but he's taking his achievement with something of a grain of salt. "Isn't it a dubious distinction?" he asked.
The Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago will honor Downs, 74, at a black-tie dinner on April 29. It is also showing some of his most memorable television programs in a retrospective running through May 20 at its Ronald McDonald Mini-Theater.
Downs, whose book, "Perspectives," is to be published next month by Turner Publishing, intends to keep bolstering his television record.
"There is nothing else I would rather do," he said, "so I expect to be here for a long time."