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Stanton Cook, modernizer of Tribune Co. and longtime CEO, dies at 90

Stanton Cook, modernizer of Tribune Co. and longtime CEO, dies at 90

Stanton Cook was working at a Chicago gas station on a bitterly cold January morning when a family friend called to say he'd heard about a possible job opening at the Chicago Tribune. Cook, a Northwestern University graduate who'd recently been discharged from the Army, jumped at the prospect and by the spring was working as an engineer in the newspaper's production department. It was a crossroads decision that rocketed Cook to very top of the organization where — as chief executive — he molded Tribune Co. into a modern, diversified media corporation that broke with its conservative past by calling for the resignation of President Nixon, bought a Major League...

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