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March 19, 1993 | ALAN CITRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A war of words has erupted over a high-profile book on Walt Disney Co. Author Robert Sam Anson, who has spent two years compiling an "inside" account of Disney's corporate success, on Thursday accused publisher Simon & Schuster of dropping the project because of "outside pressure" from its parent, Paramount Communications.
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September 24, 1995 | IRENE LACHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
People said the guy was fearless. His assignment should have been fairly routine. But Robert Sam Anson was gutsy, the kind of writer colleagues imagined nursed a Hemingway complex. So when Time magazine sent their young New York bureau reporter to cover the training camp preparations for the first Joe Frazier-Muhammad Ali fight many moons ago, Anson didn't just report the news. "I thought this guy was completely out of his mind," recalls former Time writer Chris Byron.
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August 30, 1987 | Elaine Kendall
When a mugging on the streets of Harlem not only rates the front page of The New York Times but turns up on the networks and is covered at length in the news weeklies, the circumstances are bound to be extraordinary. On a humid June night in 1985, a black teen-ager was shot and killed by a white police officer.
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March 19, 1993 | ALAN CITRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A war of words has erupted over a high-profile book on Walt Disney Co. Author Robert Sam Anson, who has spent two years compiling an "inside" account of Disney's corporate success, on Thursday accused publisher Simon & Schuster of dropping the project because of "outside pressure" from its parent, Paramount Communications.
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September 24, 1995 | IRENE LACHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
People said the guy was fearless. His assignment should have been fairly routine. But Robert Sam Anson was gutsy, the kind of writer colleagues imagined nursed a Hemingway complex. So when Time magazine sent their young New York bureau reporter to cover the training camp preparations for the first Joe Frazier-Muhammad Ali fight many moons ago, Anson didn't just report the news. "I thought this guy was completely out of his mind," recalls former Time writer Chris Byron.
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April 15, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
New Publisher for Disney Book: Pantheon Books plans to publish author Robert Sam Anson's book on Walt Disney Co. The publisher, a division of Random House, will pay Anson a $300,000 advance for the book, to appear in fall of 1994. Simon & Schuster dropped the project last month, saying Anson had fallen hopelessly behind schedule. In a lawsuit, Anson accused Simon & Schuster of pulling back because of negative references to its parent company, Paramount Communications.
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November 29, 1995 | DENNIS ROMERO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles magazine Tuesday named Michael Caruso, a former editor at Vanity Fair and the Village Voice, its new editor. He replaces interim editor Marilyn Bethany, who will go back to serving as the editorial department's second in command. Just last month, she temporarily replaced Robert Sam Anson, who ruled the masthead for five months until he was fired, or quit, depending on whom you ask.
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March 27, 1997 | KAREN KAPLAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Fairchild Publications is apparently moving quickly to remake Los Angeles magazine into a lifestyle magazine with broader appeal by concentrating on topics such as fashion, the focus of its sister publications W and Women's Wear Daily. The first public step in that direction was taken Wednesday evening with the dismissal of Editor in Chief Michael Caruso, who joined the magazine just 14 months ago. Caruso said he first learned of his fate from a story in the New York Observer.
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October 17, 1995 | HILLARY JOHNSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Scene: Norman and Lyn Lear hosted a sit-down dinner for 100 people Friday night at their hilltop home in Brentwood in honor of retired Washington Post Editor Ben Bradlee. Bradlee's memoir, "A Good Life: Newspapering and Other Adventures," was published this month by Simon & Schuster and is currently at No. 3 on the New York Times bestseller list. Who Was There: The guest list crossed party lines and mixed media freely.
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August 30, 1987 | Elaine Kendall
When a mugging on the streets of Harlem not only rates the front page of The New York Times but turns up on the networks and is covered at length in the news weeklies, the circumstances are bound to be extraordinary. On a humid June night in 1985, a black teen-ager was shot and killed by a white police officer.
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October 12, 1995 | DENNIS ROMERO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They said it wouldn't last. After five tumultuous months, firebrand journalist Robert Sam Anson is no longer editor of Los Angeles magazine. A corporate press release Wednesday called the event "a parting of the ways." Insiders said Anson quit Friday but went back to work this week, only to be told to go back home. Publisher Joan McCraw named No. 2 editor Marilyn Bethany as Anson's temporary replacement. The search is on for a permanent one.
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