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March 28, 1990 | JESUS SANCHEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The owners of Sunset magazine, which has set the tone for Western living with stories ranging from cooking tips to conserving wilderness, said Tuesday that they had agreed to sell their publishing company to Time Warner Inc. for about $225 million. The agreement will end more than six decades of Lane family control of the monthly magazine, which was originally founded by the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1898 as a publicity tool to encourage travel to the West. L. W. (Bill) Lane Jr. and Melvin B.
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August 5, 2010 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
L.W. "Bill" Lane Jr., a pioneering environmentalist and philanthropist who as the onetime co-owner and publisher of Sunset magazine helped define the postwar lifestyle of the American West, has died. He was 90. Lane, who also served as a U.S. ambassador, died Saturday at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto of respiratory failure after a brief illness, said a family spokeswoman. "For the second half of the 20th century, he was a very important value maker and taste maker for the American West," said Kevin Starr, a USC professor and former state librarian who worked with Lane on state cultural projects.
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July 23, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Wolaner Joins Sunset Publishing: Robin Wolaner, president and founder of Parenting magazine, was named to the additional posts of president and chief executive of the Menlo Park-based sister company that publishes Sunset magazine and Sunset books. Both Sunset Publishing, which Wolaner is joining, and Parenting are part of Time Publishing Ventures, a unit of Time Inc. Sunset magazine says it has 5 million readers in 14 Western states.
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August 22, 2004 | J. Michael Kennedy, J. Michael Kennedy is a Times staff writer.
Mel Lane likes to brag that he got a good deal on his used Volvo convertible. His wife, Joan, finally got her first new car this summer. Upon meeting a fellow vacationer on the shore of Lake Tahoe, he volunteers that he once worked at Sunset magazine. And what, the vacationer asks, did he do there? "I owned it," Lane replies. Bragging, it turns out, is something Lane reserves for the little things.
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January 31, 2001 | ANN LoLORDO, BALTIMORE SUN
Sunset Magazine, based in Menlo Park, Calif., is the granddaddy of regional magazines. Founded in 1898 by the Southern Pacific Railroad, it was created to promote travel to the West. Named for the train that ran from New Orleans to Los Angeles, the magazine was bought in 1928 by Laurence Lane. It remained a family-owned business until Time Warner Inc. purchased it in 1990. The magazine is devoted to food, lifestyle, gardening and travel in 13 Western states.
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June 23, 1985 | NANCY RIVERA
It was one of those accidents of the publishing business that give editors nightmares. On Thursday, June 13, health officials revealed that 29 people in Southern California had died from a disease-producing bacteria called Lysteria monocytogenes , which was found in contaminated Mexican-style cheese made by Artesia-based Jalisco Mexican Products. In the Menlo Park headquarters of Sunset magazine, meanwhile, the staff was huddled to closely examine a feature in their June issue.
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October 26, 2003 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
The courtyards at Cal State Channel Islands have seen better days, having become weed-choked and overgrown with age and neglect. But now the new university near Camarillo is sowing seeds to change all that. The university has teamed with Sunset magazine to sponsor a courtyard restoration competition, calling on landscape architects and designers across the nation to bring their best ideas for returning four of the garden spaces to their original splendor.
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February 23, 1987
Melvin B. Lane, chairman of Lane Publishing Co., Menlo Park, and publisher of Sunset magazine, has been elected a director of Pacific Gas & Electric Co., San Francisco.
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October 19, 1999 | Jim Perez, (714) 965-7172, Ext. 21
Huntington Beach was named one of the West's best cities in the Oct. 19 issue of Sunset magazine. Editors asked residents to nominate towns of less than 600,000 residents for consideration. Sunset editors and writers examined issues such as commutes, reviving downtowns and main streets, preserving open space, and creating a sense of community.
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January 12, 1986
Zareh Kiragh, a Beverly Hills landscape artist whose projects were widely featured in Sunset magazine and The Times Home section during the 1950s, has died. He was 68. Kiragh was better known as "Mr. Z" to his Beverly Hills customers, who enjoyed his use of large, blooming floral displays and brick driveways shaped in fans. He was born in Tabriz, Iran, and spent his childhood in France before coming to Los Angeles in the 1930s.
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October 26, 2003 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
The courtyards at Cal State Channel Islands have seen better days, having become weed-choked and overgrown with age and neglect. But now the new university near Camarillo is sowing seeds to change all that. The university has teamed with Sunset magazine to sponsor a courtyard restoration competition, calling on landscape architects and designers across the nation to bring their best ideas for returning four of the garden spaces to their original splendor.
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January 31, 2001 | ANN LoLORDO, BALTIMORE SUN
Sunset Magazine, based in Menlo Park, Calif., is the granddaddy of regional magazines. Founded in 1898 by the Southern Pacific Railroad, it was created to promote travel to the West. Named for the train that ran from New Orleans to Los Angeles, the magazine was bought in 1928 by Laurence Lane. It remained a family-owned business until Time Warner Inc. purchased it in 1990. The magazine is devoted to food, lifestyle, gardening and travel in 13 Western states.
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April 17, 2000
Joseph F. Williamson Jr., 75, a key editor of Sunset magazine and editor of its influential Western Garden Book. Born in Oakland a fourth generation Californian, Williamson attended Santa Rosa Junior College and UC Berkeley before serving in the Navy during World War II. After the war, he began working at Sunset while completing his degree at Stanford.
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December 15, 1999 | STACY BROWN
Sunset magazine, which annually rates the West's top cities, named Fillmore as the Best Community in the West in its December issue. "It's truly an honor," Mayor Evaristo Barajas said. "I always hear people say coming here is like a trip back into time because of the atmosphere and the way everyone treats each other here."
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October 19, 1999 | Jim Perez, (714) 965-7172, Ext. 21
Huntington Beach was named one of the West's best cities in the Oct. 19 issue of Sunset magazine. Editors asked residents to nominate towns of less than 600,000 residents for consideration. Sunset editors and writers examined issues such as commutes, reviving downtowns and main streets, preserving open space, and creating a sense of community.
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May 23, 1998 | BETTIJANE LEVINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Steve Seabolt tries to look relaxed. But he's bouncing around and talking too fast on the edge of a plump, earth-toned sofa in a Menlo Park office that looks like a living room. Fire crackles in the fireplace. A huge lawn and lush gardens beckon beyond the sliding glass doors. "It's the best of all possible jobs," Seabolt says, waving at his Sunset magazine surroundings--a job so great that even his three kids can't believe their daddy bagged it.
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December 15, 1999 | STACY BROWN
Sunset magazine, which annually rates the West's top cities, named Fillmore as the Best Community in the West in its December issue. "It's truly an honor," Mayor Evaristo Barajas said. "I always hear people say coming here is like a trip back into time because of the atmosphere and the way everyone treats each other here."
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August 5, 2010 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
L.W. "Bill" Lane Jr., a pioneering environmentalist and philanthropist who as the onetime co-owner and publisher of Sunset magazine helped define the postwar lifestyle of the American West, has died. He was 90. Lane, who also served as a U.S. ambassador, died Saturday at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto of respiratory failure after a brief illness, said a family spokeswoman. "For the second half of the 20th century, he was a very important value maker and taste maker for the American West," said Kevin Starr, a USC professor and former state librarian who worked with Lane on state cultural projects.
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July 23, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Wolaner Joins Sunset Publishing: Robin Wolaner, president and founder of Parenting magazine, was named to the additional posts of president and chief executive of the Menlo Park-based sister company that publishes Sunset magazine and Sunset books. Both Sunset Publishing, which Wolaner is joining, and Parenting are part of Time Publishing Ventures, a unit of Time Inc. Sunset magazine says it has 5 million readers in 14 Western states.
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