'LA Magazine' Founder Geoff Miller Dies at 74
The magazine was the first of its genre.
Los Angeles Magazine (File / April 17, 2011)
Miller was diagnosed with PSP, a rare degenerative brain disease, five years ago.
Miller, along with co-founder David Brown, launched the monthly, then known as the 'Southern California Prompter,' in summer 1960 with a staff of six to eight and a budget of about $50,000, according to "L.A. Story," Miller's account of the publication's founding. As Miller wrote, "there were no independently published 'city magazines'[at the time of the launch] -- the term hadn't even been invented."
Miller was earning a Master's Degree in Journalism at UCLA when he met Brown, and together they attracted a reputable group of contributing writers, to include Jim Murray, Charles Champlin, and Art Seidenbaum. There were occasional contributions from brand names like Ray Bradbury, Joseph Wambaugh, Carolyn See, and Budd Schulberg. The writers agreed to submit work for "three-martini lunches" in lieu of pay, according to Miller's account.
The magazine showed its first profit in the late 1960s and in 1973 was sold to the publisher of 'New York' magazine, with subsequent owners including Disney.
Brown left the publication in 1974 and died in 1989.
Miller became Editor-in-Chief of the magazine in 1974, and publisher in 1990. He retired in 1994.
He is survived by his wife, actress Kathryn Leigh Scott, his stepchildren Lori Selcer and Steve Selcer and his first wife, Barbara.