Jane Pauley says she might owe her career in television journalism to the "Mary Tyler Moore" show -- but not because Moore's character inspired her to work in TV news.
"Mary and the rest of the CBS Saturday-night lineup delivered huge audiences to the 11 o'clock broadcast when I was a weekend anchor in Indianapolis," Pauley told the Saturday issue of TV Guide. "That's the show that got me noticed by NBC."
But the Moore character of Mary Richards, a television news producer, influenced Pauley as well.
"Remember the big M on the wall of her studio apartment? I put a big numeral 5 on mine when I got my job on Channel 5 in Chicago," Pauley said. "It was not a coincidence."