February 29, 2024
Former Occasions writer Richard T. “Dick” Schlosberg III, who led the newspaper throughout an period that noticed double-digit income and the emergence of the web, which would ultimately decimate the business, died Wednesday in San Antonio. He was 79.

The trigger was mind most cancers, based on his son, Dr. Richard T. Schlosberg IV.

Schlosberg spent a decade at The Occasions, arriving from the Denver Submit in 1988 to function president and retiring as writer in 1997. The paper was then the flagship of the Chandler household’s Occasions-Mirror chain and the nation’s second-largest metropolitan paper with a newsroom of 1,500 journalists and a circulation that topped 1 million. Reporters flew top quality and Picasso lithographs adorned the partitions of an govt eating room.

Schlosberg in an undated picture. He graduated from the U.S. Air Power Academy.

(Schlosberg household)

“There aren’t any unhealthy days as writer of the L.A. Occasions,” Schlosberg stated in 1997. “There are good days and nice days.”

To have fun blockbuster advert revenues within the mid-Nineteen Nineties, The Occasions rented out the Home of Blues on the Sundown Strip and employed the Laker Women to carry out. Schlosberg after which govt editor Shelby Coffey carried out “Wild Factor” backed by a band.

“We weren’t with out our troubles at numerous occasions and having to chop and squeeze, however actually wanting again on it… it was fairly a excessive level,” Coffey stated.

In a single indication of the status afforded Occasions brass in that period, actor and singer Barbra Streisand invited Coffey and Schlosberg and their wives to her dwelling for a dinner with actor Warren Beatty, which the previous editor recalled as “a pleasing night.”

Then Los Angeles Occasions writer Richard T. Schlosberg, left, with David Laventhol, middle, and President Clinton in 1994.

(Los Angeles Occasions Historical past Heart)

In the meantime, the clouds gathered in Silicon Valley. Harry Chandler, then heading up enterprise improvement, traveled to Palo Alto in 1995 to satisfy two Stanford graduates, David Filo and Jerry Yang, looking for funding for a brand new tech firm.

On his return, he informed Schlosberg and Coffey: “I want an hour to inform you what the web is and why we must always purchase an organization known as Yahoo.”

The Occasions supplied $1.6 million for about half the nascent firm — an funding that might have drastically altered the newspaper’s historical past — however the Yahoo founders backed out.

Schlosberg was identified for displaying consideration to rank and file workers. He banned smoking within the Denver newsroom within the Nineteen Eighties, citing the hazard to nonsmokers, his son recalled, and in L.A., he sought out enter for large selections from low-level workers.

Richard T. Schlosberg III portrait

Schlosberg in 1996.

(Lee Salem Pictures)

“He was an individual who would at all times go to the supply of data. He didn’t undergo a typical chain of command in a means,” stated Dickson Louie, who labored underneath him at The Occasions.

Throughout Schlosberg’s tenure, The Occasions received a Pulitzer Prize for its protection of the 1994 Northridge earthquake and was a Pulitzer finalist 9 occasions.

The son of a World Battle II pilot, Schlosberg was born in Ardmore, Okla., and graduated from the U.S. Air Power Academy. He served two excursions of responsibility in Vietnam, the place he flew greater than 200 fight assist missions, based on an obituary within the San Antonio Report. He obtained an MBA from Harvard earlier than starting a newspaper profession.

Following his retirement from The Occasions, he served as CEO of the David and Lucile Packard Basis, the Los Altos-based charity arrange by the co-founder of Hewlett-Packard and his spouse.

He’s survived by his spouse of 58 years, Kathy, his son and his daughter Deb Wealthy Herczeg, in addition to 5 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

After he left The Occasions, Schlosberg adopted with concern because the paper cycled by way of totally different homeowners and plenty of rounds of layoffs. Then-parent firm Tribune filed for chapter in 2008 and the newsroom dwindled beneath 400 journalists earlier than the Quickly-Shiong household returned the paper to native possession in 2018.

Schlosberg and 4 others shaped a committee to advocate for retired Occasions-Mirror workers and spent 15 years preventing for cash due them underneath deferred compensation plans.

“It was on precept,” stated former Occasions common counsel William Niese, who additionally labored on the committee. “Dick Schlosberg was a really rich man and he didn’t have to do it in any respect.”

Workers ultimately collected a few third of what was owed them by way of the chapter proceedings, Niese stated.