Hugh Downs dead at 99

His reputation was such that he even won the right to approve any commercial he was assigned to read, striving to keep dubious claims off the air.

He showed his principled side again in 1997, when he took a vacation day on “20/20″ rather than be part on a show that included an interview with Marv Albert after the sportscaster was caught in a lurid sexual assault scandal.

He was a mensch. RIP.

Another part of my childhood gone. RIP