People: Jul. 28, 1986

For weeks she had ducked questions about her future plans -- and then there she was for millions to view, on the Phil Donahue show. Linda Ellerbee, the tart-tongued Texan beloved by night-owl viewers from her days on nbc News Overnight and by early-morning types because of her popular "T.G.I.F." feature each week on Today, had quit the network in a salary dispute. She was known to be dickering with ABC, and CBS had offered her the co-anchor slot on its perennially low-rated but soon-to-be-overhauled Morning News. Now word was out: she was on the verge of signing with ABC, reportedly...

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