I often hear little tidbits about the tv world that I find interesting. This is one that I heard last night that caught me by surprise. Do we have any former Nightline fans? I watched that show for years back when Koppel was the anchor, but I never realized how it got started. It makes sense now, looking back. The show had its origins as America Held Hostage, which was a news, special edition, of sorts, dedicated to the Iranian Hostage crisis, from late 1979, to early 1981. The crisis lasted 444 days. It lasted so long the show became a permanent fixture, eventually being renamed, Nightline.