As a youngster Harry Chandler could best be described as a model child, the all-American boy, with floppy sandy hair and large, innocent, agate-brown eyes, the kind of child who drew the attention of photographers for All-American Boy magazine. As an adult Harry was tall, stern, tough, hardheaded, and anything but innocent. Unlike his long-time rival, William Randolph Hearst, who reveled in publicity and basked in the limelight, Harry had a profound distaste for public appearances. He was not reclusive, but preferred to remain in the background where he could conduct the affairs of Los Angeles like a grandmaster playing his pawns; and always controlling the board.