Show Business: The Straightest Straight Man

He seemed on the verge of big things. After two weeks as replacement for Jack Paar, Announcer Hugh Downs—heretofore a relatively obscure, $140,000-a-year television toiler—last week was making plans and sifting "offers." But first he was off to a TV acting job on the West Coast; he will soon narrate a World Wide 60 show on architecture, and thereafter lead a skindiving squad to the Caribbean in search of sunken treasure. All these projects would not be hurt by his sudden fame on the Paar show, nor would his forthcoming autobiography—Yours Truly, Hugh...

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