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The '80s beat never ended at Tiger Beat



Tiger Beat from 1987When the great Charles Laufer, founder of Tiger Beat magazine, died this month at age 87, one hard-core '80s fan and celebrity blogger was on the case: the Washington Post's Jen Chaney, who has penned an excellent remembrance of the magazine's role in '80s pop culture.

"Laufer's most significant contribution to the media world was not exactly filled with pioneering investigative journalism," Chaney writes on her Celebritology blog. "But Tiger Beat — which is still published today, by the way — understood what celeb-obsessed tween and teen girls desperately wanted: trivial pieces of information about the members of Duran Duran and glossy photos of each of its members to use as wallpaper."

Upon hearing of Laufer's death, Jen found a 1987 edition of the magazine to browse through. On the cover: Michael J. Fox, Molly Ringwald, Andrew McCarthy and the suddenly infamous Charlie Sheen.

Click here to see actual pages from this edition of Tiger Beat along with Jen's tribute to the publisher and his work during our favorite decade.

[Last modified: Friday, April 15, 2011 9:43am]


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