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USA Today Founder, Al Neuharth, Dies

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Allen H. Neuharth, the newspaper visionary and former Gannett chairman who founded USA TODAY, helped create a museum dedicated to news and became one of the industry's most influential and sometimes controversial figures, died Friday at his home in Cocoa Beach, Fla. He was 89.

"As a journalist, I had a wonderful window on the world" Neuharth wrote in "Plain Talk," a final column he said should be published in USA TODAY after his death. "For nearly 50 years as a reporter and editor, I tried to tell stories accurately and fairly, without opinion."

It was fitting that Neuharth would try to have the last word, even on the topic of his own passing. The longtime newspaperman, media executive and columnist died after sustaining injuries in a fall at his home.

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  1. Gutenberg and the printing press…
    Whitney and the cotton gin…
    Ford and the automobile…
    Neuharth and the four-color weather map…


    1. Neuharth and free newspapers in hotels nationwide!

  2. This may sound a little silly but being from Canada we’d vacation in Florida during my childhood and into my teens. For some reason, reading the USA Today sports pages on the beach is a fond memory of mine. That and the Huey Lewis and the News hit ‘If this is it’ and Hawaiian Punch. Glad to see the Punch still hanging in in this day and age of the nanny-state.

    1. ‘If this is it’ because I was 14 and in mad love with a girl. Shout out to Emilia where ever she may be.

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