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December 21, 1999 | From Times Staff and Wire Repots
Southern California's shrine to motor cars, the Petersen Automotive Museum, would survive under a tentative agreement reached late Monday that involves a $25-million gift from its namesake. Publishing magnate Robert E. Petersen and his wife, Margie, offered the gift from their private foundation to pay off the money-losing museum's debt under a plan that would turn operations over to a new nonprofit foundation.
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March 22, 2000 | BOBBY CUZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles' Petersen Automotive Museum got a new lease on life Tuesday when the county Board of Supervisors approved the transfer of its operations to a nonprofit foundation. Under the agreement--which involves a $25-million gift from retired publishing mogul Robert E. Petersen and his wife, Margie--the struggling museum would be bailed out of debt and operations would be turned over to the new Petersen Automotive Museum Foundation.
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March 22, 2000 | BOBBY CUZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles' Petersen Automotive Museum got a new lease on life Tuesday when the county Board of Supervisors approved the transfer of its operations to a nonprofit foundation. Under the agreement--which involves a $25-million gift from retired publishing mogul Robert E. Petersen and his wife, Margie--the struggling museum would be bailed out of debt and operations would be turned over to the new Petersen Automotive Museum Foundation.
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December 21, 1999 | From Times Staff and Wire Repots
Southern California's shrine to motor cars, the Petersen Automotive Museum, would survive under a tentative agreement reached late Monday that involves a $25-million gift from its namesake. Publishing magnate Robert E. Petersen and his wife, Margie, offered the gift from their private foundation to pay off the money-losing museum's debt under a plan that would turn operations over to a new nonprofit foundation.
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March 25, 2007 | John O'Dell, Times Staff Writer
Robert E. Petersen, the self-taught publicist turned publisher and real estate magnate whose fortune gave Los Angeles one of the world's great automotive museums, died Friday. He was 80. Petersen's Hot Rod magazine -- founded when he was 21 -- was the seed for a publishing empire that included Motor Trend and more than two dozen other automotive, hunting, photography, sports and beauty magazines. He died at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica of complications from neuroendocrine cancer.
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October 11, 1988 | Associated Press
Here is Forbes magazine's 1988 list of the 400 richest Americans in descending order of wealth, showing estimated fortune in millions, residence, source of wealth and age. Duplicated numbers represent ties; boldfaced entries are used to designate Californians. 1) Sam Moore Walton, $6,700, Bentonville, Ark., Wal-Mart Stores, 70. 2) John Werner Kluge, $3,200, Charlottesville, Va., Metromedia, 75. 3) Henry Ross Perot, $3,000 Dallas, Electronic Data Systems, 58.
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August 27, 1995 | PAUL DEAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a chairman's aerie aloof above Los Angeles, there's a shelf with a sentimental spot for a black, cast-iron, upright Underwood typewriter. Its keys are grimy from half a century of fingertips; ribbon dried to brittle, oil to gum. But in its day it smoked. Press releases headed for Hedda Hopper. Biographies of Prince Sua and his Royal Samoans, and stories for the first issue of Hot Rod magazine. All written by Robert Petersen.
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