The Chandlers and Their Times
Inventing LA: The Chandlers and Their Times
Watching the Chandlers And Their Times was jarring, comforting, educational, enlightening and a cautionary tale. As an Angelino I have an affinity to the Los Angeles Times. In my childhood it was the newspaper that my parents counted on for their daily news. I was weaned on column one and Steve Lopez, reading the Times became part of my mornings somewhere in my sixteenth year.
According to this documentary, The Chandler Family is responsible for the development of
Although the story of the
As a friend, classmate and admirer of various
I'd never known of Dorothy "Buff" Chandler's difficulty being accepted into the family, though I did know that she'd been successful in uniting Downtown and Westside [read Protestant and Jewish] philanthropists in building the Music Center downtown. I knew before this viewing that her son Otis had been unceremoniously pushed out of his stewardship of the times.
As a blogger I couldn't help but watch the evolution of my newspaper with a psychic eye. Is this the destiny of the new media? What can we learn? The first years of the LA Times were lawless, profitable and existed only to feed other businesses ventures that were far more profitable. First standards were set, then huge journalistic milestones were hit, and in the blink of an eye there was fiscal ruin, and a loss of ownership.
What will we be left with? My city has
Otis Chandler and His Family
A recorded phone conversation reveals former President Nixon's plan to investigate the Chandlers.
Unionists explode dynamite at the Times Headquarters during Harrison Gray Otis' reign as publisher.