Tiger Beat teen mag founder Charles Laufer dies

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Posted: Apr 14, 2011 11:55 AM
Tiger Beat teen mag founder Charles Laufer dies

Charles Laufer, who published Tiger Beat and other fan magazines that breathlessly covered the doings of teen idols, has died at age 87.

His daughter, Teena Naumann, tells the Los Angeles Times that Laufer died of natural causes on April 5 at Northridge Hospital Medical Center.

Laufer was teaching at a Norwalk, Calif., high school in the 1950s when he came up with the idea for a student-oriented magazine called Coaster. He later changed the name to Teen.

In 1965, he launched Tiger Beat, which covered the likes of the Beatles and teen heartthrob David Cassidy. At its peak, the magazine sold hundreds of thousands of copies.

His other magazines included Gossip and Rona Barrett's Hollywood.

Laufer sold his company in 1978.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com