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Happy 20th Anniversary, ABC World News Now
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Published Friday, January 06, 2012 @ 3:16 AM EST
Jan 06 2012

You have to love a show that will allow an obscure geek from a Pittsburgh suburb one minute of national network airtime, even if it is at 3 am:

(Video of appearance on ABC World News Now, January 30, 2003. The next day, anchor John Berman was sent to cover the war in Iraq. I like to think the two are unrelated).

My database publishing business and the slower computers and dial-up lines of the early 90's frequently required me to work at 2 or 3 am, and World News Now's quirky presentation made staying awake easier. I finally got in the habit of taping it to watch later in the day.

Thanks to Jonathan Larsen, who invited me to the studio in 1999 after I sent in a viewer video. ((I got to do the weather with Juju Chang and Anderson Cooper.). And special thanks Sharon Newman, who invited me to contribute bits like the one above and sit in the control room in the wee hours of the morning whenever I was in New York on business. I think I hold the news broadcast record for waving and mouthing "Hi, Mom!" during segment bumpers.

Happy 20th, WNN, and a salute from all of us in The Elite Guard.


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