Norman Chandler: Scion of the L.A. Times
The highly respected Los Angeles Times is the second-largest metropolitan newspaper in the United States, with 37 Pulitzer Prizes under its belt. Until 2000 it was a family-run affair, beginning in 1881 with Harrison Gray Otis and continuing through three generations of Chandlers: Harry first, followed by Norman, and ultimately Otis. So it comes as no surprise that Norman Chandler was groomed to take the helm of the Times from the moment he was born in 1899. His father, Harry Chandler, had married Marian Otis, the boss's daughter. Harry and his father-in-law, Colonel Otis, were as perfectly matched in outlook as they were personally different. Harry had the instincts of a buccaneer; Otis was one. The two shared nearly identical views; they were virulently anti-labor, and saw the newspaper as a means to an end -- developing the city of Los Angeles while quietly amassing an unparalleled fortune.