Now that the last of the Chandler family representatives have left the Tribune Company board, Chicago Tribune columnist Phil Rosenthal writes, "it's like passing a stone. One only hopes the pain subsides, and there's no lasting damage.
"No matter how many miscalculations may have been made in acquiring Times Mirror in 2000 -- and, face it, most turn-of-the-century presumptions about the future of big media were way off -- the biggest seems to be the idea that Tribune could work with Chandlers." Once all their stock sells, no Chandlers will own a newspaper. First time in about 120 years you can say that, even though this group was never involved to the extent of Otis Chandler or his father and grandfather.