Birth Date: February 14, 1921 / Age: 96
Birth Place: Akron, Ohio
Biography: He was best known as the Emmy Award-winning co-anchor of the ABC news TV show 20/20, a primetime news magazine program, until his retirement in 1999, and previously was host of NBC's Today Show as well as the long-running game show Concentration.
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 (15,188 hours), though he lost the record for most hours on all forms of television to Regis Philbin in 2004.
Hugh Downs is a Board of Governors member of the National Space Society, and was a longtime president and chairman of the predecessor National Space Institute.
The asteroid 71000 Hughdowns is named after him.