Tiger Beat founder Charles Laufer dies at 87

charles-laufer-tiger-beat.jpgThis makes the teenage girl inside us a little sad.

Charles Laufer, a 1950s high school teacher who figured out teenage girls were dying to know every little nugget about their favorite idols and went on to found the popular magazine Tiger Beat, passed away April 5 in California at the age of 87, reports the New York Times. His brother Ira said it was heart failure.

The NYT also says that Laufer once told Parade magazine, "Let's face it, we're in the little girl business."

What first put Tiger Beat on the map was a cover and pictorial of 1960s teen heartthrobs The Monkees, which snowballed into picture books and love beads centered around the band. Tiger Beat also had a leg up on competitors because instead of using newsprint, they used glossy paper and gave away bonus posters.

Laufer sold Tiger Beat in 1978, though he stayed on as a consultant for several years. In 2003, Laufer's son Scott bought it back and now publishes it, alongside other teen mag Bop. Laufer is survived by wife Dorothy, four children and 10 grandchildren.

He is also survived by millions of grateful women who were once the boy-crazy girls buying his magazine. We've got that Leo DiCaprio circa "Growing Pains" glossy poster around here somewhere ...

Photo/Video credit: New York Times, Tiger Beat
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