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Charles Laufer dies at 87; built publishing career with youth-oriented fan magazines
Charles Laufer dies at 87; built publishing career with youth-oriented fan magazines

Charles Laufer, who built a publishing career with youth-oriented fan magazines such as Tiger Beat, has died. He was 87. Laufer died April 5 of natural causes at Northridge Hospital Medical Center, said his daughter, Teena Naumann. A journalism graduate from USC, Laufer was teaching at Excelsior High School in Norwalk in the 1950s when he came up with the idea for a magazine called Coaster aimed at students. "The kids were always bored" on rainy days, said his son, Scott. "He thought there had to be something more interesting to read." He changed the name of Coaster to Teen, and that magazine led Laufer to launch his signature publication, Tiger Beat, in 1965....

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