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Al Neuharth
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    (March 22, 1924-April 19, 2013)
    Born in Eureka, South Dakota
    Chair of the Gannett newspaper chain (1973-89)
    Founded 'USA Today' (1982)
    Died of complications from a fall in his home
    'USA Today' was accused of dumbing down news coverage and nicknamed 'McPaper.'
    An employee described him as 'a loner who will run over anybody or anything in search of profit for his company and glory to himself.'
    At a meeting to push newspaper executives to cut costs, he donned a crown of thorns and struck a crucifixion pose.
    He had a bronze bust of himself installed at 'USA Today' headquarters.
    He insisted on being driven in a limo even for trips of a few blocks.
    After his high-handed demands scuttled a proposed merger between Gannett and CBS, he admitted 'My ego outran my brain.'
    He was married three times and divorced twice.
    He fathered a daughter out of wedlock who he refused to acknowledge.
    When he was two, his father died in an accident on the family farm.
    He served in the infantry in World War II, earning a Bronze Star for valor.
    He and his third wife adopted six children.
    He grew Gannett from a minor chain of local papers into the largest newspaper company in the US.
    He hired and promoted more women and minorities than other publishers.
    The bright colors and eye-catching graphics of 'USA Today' were widely imitated by other papers.
    He said, 'The elites who called us McPaper stole our McNuggets.'

Credit: C. Fishel

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