No love for Lou Guzzo in obit

Letter to Romenesko

From RICK ANDERSON: I had to laugh at this obit of former editor Lou Guzzo – not exactly the typical reverent tribute to a former executive editor, kissing off his career in the first graph and mocking him in the second – and for the rest of the obit. (The Times did a straightaway obit, interviewing his daughter, etc).

From’s obit:

louOnetime Seattle Post-Intelligencer executive editor Lou Guzzo, who died Saturday at age 94, worked as an arts critic, newspaper editor, KIRO-TV commentator, aide to Gov. Dixy Lee Ray, co-author (with Ray) of a book called “Trashing the Planet” that trashed environmentalists, and adviser to 2008 Republican gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi.

Guzzo is, however, best remembered for his memo warning that the women’s movement would “promote” what he called a “new breed of Amazons.”

And it is a funny story, although I best remember him as the editor who tried for months to change the name of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the P-I, to the Seattle Post, because he was in love with the Washington Post. But Hearst wouldn’t let him, aware that critics would likely end up calling it the Seattle P.

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