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Otis Chandler of the Los Angeles Times

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Los Angeles Times columnist Patt Morrison pens a wonderful tribute to Otis Chandler, publisher of the paper for two decades.

The David Shaw and Mitchell Landsberg front page obit, “A Lion of Journalism” begins:

Had Otis Chandler never worked a single day, his would have been a memorable life. An Olympic-caliber athlete, a champion weightlifter, an accomplished race car driver, big game hunter, surfer, cyclist, antique car and motorcycle collector, Chandler, who died Monday at 78, was a man whose avocations alone were the stuff of legend.

But Chandler did work, and in a remarkable 20-year span as publisher of the Los Angeles Times ‘” from 1960 to 1980 ‘” he reshaped this newspaper to an extent that has few, if any, parallels in the history of American journalism.

Watch LAObserved for reaction from around the city and state that Chandler deeply influenced, but also walked away from.


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