1st Neuharth memorial in Fla.


MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — USA Today founder Al Neuharth posthumously addressed mourners at his Florida memorial service Tuesday via a video segment he had taped before his death last month.

Neuharth joked Tuesday that some people wished the memorial service had taken place long ago.

The service at Florida Today headquarters in Melbourne, Fla., was the first of three planned this week.

Other memorial services will take place at the Newseum in Washington and the University of South Dakota.

Neuharth was the Newseum's founder. He earned a degree from the University of South Dakota which currently is home to the Al Neuharth Media Center.

Neuharth changed the look of American newspapers with the debut of USA Today in 1982. He died last month at the age of 89.

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