Geoff Miller, one of the founders of Los Angeles magazine, has died at the age of 74.
Miller, along with co-founder David Brown, established Los Angeles magazine as one of the first independently published city mags in the nation.
Los Angeles magazine was founded eight years before the second city mag in the U.S., New York.
An L.A. native, Miller earned his Masters in journalism at UCLA, where he met and teamed with ad exec Brown to create a magazine that guides readers through the city of Los Angeles. With meager startup funds, the duo launched Los Angeles in 1960, attracting writers such as Jim Murray, Charles Champlin, Art Seidenbaum, Ray Bradbury and Caroline See, along with movie critic Burt Prelutsky.
With time, the pub progressed with the help of then new but now standard mag features such as “The Restaurant Annual,” “Best Doctors,” “52 Great Weekends” and real estate guides. Though unaware of it at the time, Miller was helping to breed a new magazine genre. His use of the celeb cover was gaining ground as well, even though Miller initially opposed the concept of placing celebrities on the front of his mag, worried it would be “too Hollywood.” However, he made it work by “portraying the celebs humorously, and, in a way, as fellow residents.” One Los Angeles magazine edition featured a shot of Farrah Fawcett — seductively posed on all fours — that later became Fawcett’s second biggest-selling poster.
Miller became editor-in-chief of Los Angeles in 1974 and publisher in 1990.
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After 34 years with the magazine, Miller retired in 1994 and pursued other publishing and entertainment ventures, dividing his time among Los Angeles, New York and London.
He is survived by his wife, actress Kathryn Leigh Scott.