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Jack Maher Dies

Jack Maher, who for over 30 years held the title of publisher at Down Beat magazine and its parent company, Maher Publications, died Feb. 14 at Good Samaritan Hospital in suburban Downers Grove, Ill. The cause of death was not specified; he was 78.

Founded in 1934 as a publication that covered the swing-band scene, Down Beat was forfeited by its original owner to the magazine’s printer, Maher’s father, who died in 1968. Using his own money, Maher acquired Down Beat-outbidding no less than Hugh Hefner-and quickly changed a number of the magazine’s policies like that which forbade pictures of black jazz artists on the cover.

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