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Books Editor Closing the Page on Illustrious LAT Career

This is an unusual reporting day at FishbowlLA. As far as we can remember, never before have two members of the SoCal media community – each with four decades of experience at their respective same single outlets – chosen to simultaneously announce their retirements.

We told you earlier about the exit of City News Service vp Yet Lock, officially announced late Friday. Now comes word this morning that Jon Thurber (pictured), who began his career with the paper a year before Lock in 1971, will also soon be taking permanent leave:

Thurber started out as a clerk on the foreign desk; since 2010, he has been books editor. In an email to staff, Times editor Davan Maharaj and assistant managing editor for features Alice Short noted Thurber’s guidance in developing special holiday book sections and shaping Sunday books coverage. He is expected to continue in his position until early summer.

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Getting To Know the New Myspace Guys

Is a unique monthly visitor worth a buck? That’s just one of the questions FishbowlLA pondered after reading Andrew Khouri‘s LA Times interview with the Orange County brothers who bought Myspace.

The purchase price for Myspace was $35 million and the site apparently gets about the same number of monthly uniques. Siblings Chris and Tim Vanderhook (pictured, left to right) come to the social media rescue operation with a very simple and profitable separate, 500-employee business. Specific Media rents out ad space from websites, then turns around and fills that space with targeted promos.

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