The deaths they do keep coming...
Otis Chandler, whose family played a huge role in building Los Angeles, and who himself single-handedly transformed the Los Angeles Times from a fourth-rate right-wing rag into a world class paper, has died. A very long obituary (much of it obviously written some time ago) is here on the Times website.
The LA Times is not what it was a few years ago. Otis Chandler made it a great paper, and his chosen successor as publisher, Tom Johnson, made it a better one. In the 1980s and 90s, the paper had a series of excellent editors-in-chief, including a very fine man to whom I was once very close, Shelby Coffey III. Since Shelby's departure in late 1997, the paper has gradually gotten thinner -- literally and figuratively. Owned today by the Chicago Tribune, there is little sign that the paper's recovery is imminent. I still read it daily, but supplement it more and more with online visits to the Washington Post and the New York Times.
Those interested in the Times -- or in Los Angeles history -- would do well to read the whole obit.