In the late 1950's a young man moved to Boise, Idaho from Hawaii. His name was Greg Jackson and he had a sharp mind, a guick wit, an easy manner and one of the most curious natures of anyone I had encountered. He and I became friends, a friendship I valued. After high school Greg went on to Whitman College in Walla Walla and then after some time at the local NBC affiliate and the Governor's office on to Columbia for a graduate degree in Journalism. He then joined ABC News as a correspondent.
On September 12, 1982 the New York Times published a piece by John J. O'conner which said in part " .Next month, ABC News will unveil a new ''interactive'' format, anchored by Greg Jackson in New York and Phil Donahue in Chicago. Scheduled for midnight, immediately following ''Nightline'' with Ted Koppel, the program is promising to balance live ''instant'' news coverage with thoughtful commentary, spiced with computer polls and telephone calls from viewers. And CBS is preparing a news package that will run for several hours each day on stations looking for a convenient way to fill schedules in the wee hours of the morning."
I believe a fore-runner to that show was one which aired on CBS Cable entitled "Signature" and featured Gregory Jackson as host in New York along with Phil Donahue in Chicago This video is of an interview Gregory did with folk icon Judy Collins on the program "Signature" in 1982. The show had an unusual hook in that the camera only showed the person being interviewed. The program was critically aclaimed but made it for only about a year due to weak cable distribution.
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