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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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‘Gentleman Exec’ Retires After Four Decades with City News Service

They don’t make journalism careers like this anymore. To put it in perspective, when Yet Lock first began his long service with downtown LA’s City News Service, Samuel L. Yorty was our mayor, Wilt Chamberlain was getting ready to lead the Lakers to their first post-Minneapolis NBA championship and X-rated flick Behind the Green Door would go on to earn a domestic theatrical gross of $50 million.

Although Lock (pictured) is still tying up a few loose ends, CNS tells FishbowlLA he is essentially already retired. He joined the service as vp in January of 1972 and held that same post for 40 years, making him quite possibly the longest-service news executive in Southern California.

“Through all these years, Yet has managed to remain the ‘gentleman news executive,’” said CNS editor Lori Streifler. “He has always related to the hundreds of CNS subscribers and literally thousands of CNS staff members through the years in a cordial, collegial manner. He will be greatly missed by all of us. We wish him the greatest future in retirement in Florida.”

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