Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, the former publisher, chairman, and chief executive of The New York Times and its parent company, died Saturday at his home in Southampton, N.Y. He was 86. Sulzberger's tenure at the paper "reached across 34 years, from the heyday of postwar America to the twilight of the 20th century, from the era of hot lead and Linotype machines to the birth of the digital world," Clyde Haberman writes in the Times. It was 1963 when Sulzberger became publisher of the newspaper, which has been controlled by his family since his grandfather Adolph S. Ochs purchased it in 1896. In 1992, Sulzberger named his son publisher, and in 1997, stepped down as chairman, too. By then, "the enterprise had been transformed. The Times was now national in scope, distributed from coast to coast, and it had become the heart of a diversified multi-billion-dollar media operation that came to encompass newspapers, magazines, television, and radio stations and online ventures."
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