3 Will Ferrell returns to the news desk as Ron Burgundy in Anchorman 2, debuting December 18th ... but did you know the Anchorman movies were inspired by an news man who makes his home in our area? 3 We're talking about long-time network news anchor Mort Crim. Channel 4's Crystal Moyer got to meet the journalist who inspired "Anchorman". 3 00-101:35 - 1:40"It was very unexpected" Meet Mort Crim... Your parents may recognize him as the anchor of ABC's "News Around The World" in the late 60's and early 70's. He also anchored for many years at our sister station - WDIV - in detroit.Now he's lives in the area - and besides his news credential ....he has another claim to fame...Actor Will Ferrel says he developed a movie based on his time alongside anchor Jessica Savitch on the anchor desk... 3 Just like in the movie - Crim admits there was resistance when Jessica Sav itch as hired on as his Philidelphia co-anchor in the 70's..."She was 25 years old, she had limited experience and they brought her in and plopped her on the anchor desk between 2 guys that collectively had over 50 years of experience." Crim said he thought Savitch was hired because she was a good looking woman - but says she proved to be a great journalist and hard-worker. Savitch would then move on to anchor PBS's Frontline and NBC Nightly News before her death in 1983."As a result, there was friendship and a bond that developed, not just between Jessica and me, but the whole news team." Will Ferrell has said Anchorman's main character Ron Burgundy is inspired by M ort Crim - but Crim says the movie is an OVER- EXAGGERATION of what things were really like..."People ask are you offended by the Ron Burgundy 's character and I say I would be if it was a documentary, but it's a comedy and I think they did it very well ..." At the end of the interview - Crim had one last bit of advice ..."Stay classy Jacksonville" Crystal Moyer C4TLS. Crim says he was invited by Will Ferrell to watch the premier of Anchorman 2 in New York. He says he's excited to meet the actor for the first time. 3 Mary .. Mort has long been one of my personal heroes .. the last story we covered together was the 1988 democratic national convention in Atlanta .. He was such a calming influence. One other thing .. Mort had a long career in Philadelphia before he wound up at Channel 4's sister station in Detroit ..he was my wife's grandmother's favorite Philadelphia newsman .. and she was so impressed that I got to work with him. Thank you Mort. It's a good thing he has a sense of humor ... Do you think he ever imagined he'd be the inspiration for this comedy?