Otis Chandler, who presided over the Los Angeles Times' renaissance, has died. So that's three ...
Born to a life of privilege and ultraconservative political ideals, Mr. Chandler was handed the reins of the newspaper in 1960, carrying with him a reputation as a ruggedly handsome golden boy with a preference for body-building over journalism. But he shed that image as publisher and promptly angered family members and local Republicans by shifting The Los Angeles Times from its right-wing viewpoint to a more centrist outlook that reflected California's increasing racial, ethnic and political diversity.
Under his leadership, the newspaper hired talented journalists, opened new bureaus throughout the world and garnered numerous awards. Mr. Chandler also distinguished himself as an empire-builder, expanding the Times Mirror Company, the parent corporation of The Los Angeles Times, by purchasing Newsday, The Baltimore Sun, The Hartford Courant, several broadcast television and cable stations and two highly regarded book publishers, New American Library and Harry Abrams Publishing.
Needless to say, L.A. Observed is already all over it.