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Ted Koppel, anchor and managing editor, 'Nightline'

Ted Koppel does not seem like the type of man who enjoys long goodbyes.

When he announced in March his plan to ankle ABC News at year’s end, the “Nightline” anchor made it clear he didn’t get too emotional over the decision to leave the only home he’s known for the past 42 years. As he told USA Today , “I’m not a weeper, wailer or gnasher of teeth.”

Still, it’s almost inevitable that the next six months will be filled with a series of salutes and shout-outs to the man who made broadcast TV safe for serious news. The parade could start next week at the 21st Annual TV Critics Assn. Awards, where “Nightline”– marking 25 years since its birth from out of the ashes of the Iran hostage crisis — is up for the org’s Heritage Award as well as Outstanding Achievement in News and Information.

One reason why Koppel’s Alphabet swan song might be somewhat muted: The 65-year-old newsman has made it clear he’s not retiring. He hasn’t yet announced his next move, but there’s little doubt any cable news net would jump at the chance to bring him on board.

Last book I bought:
“Commodore Hornblower (Hornblower, 9),” by C. S. Forester

Book I’m reading:
“Armageddon: The Battle for Germany, 1944-1945,” by Max Hastings

Total number of books I own:
3,000-5,000

Five books that mean a lot to me:
“Michel de Montaigne – The Complete Essays”
Patrick O’Brian’s novels on Jack Aubrey and the Napoleonic Wars
“Meditations” by Marcus Aurelius
Several of Cormac McCarthy’s novels
“Down and Out in Paris and London” by George Orwell

Last film I saw:
“Batman Begins”

Last DVD I bought:
A children’s DVD for my grandkids

Total number of films I own:
10

Five films that mean a lot to me:
“Apocalypse Now”
“Citizen Kane”
The Magnificent Seven”
“The Godfather” (part one)
He doesn’t have a fifth.

Stereo or iPod:
Both

Last CD or song I bought:
A collection of New Orleans jazz songs

Five artists that mean a lot to me:
Anything by Paul Simon
The Beatles
Dave Brubeck
Ella Fitzgerald
Mozart

Favorite wine:
Cabernet Sauvignon

Favorite charity:
Oxfam

Favorite vacation:
Tuscany

Vice:
Procrastination

Five people who I’d like to see answer this survey:
The person(s) at Variety who had anything to do with this.

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