Former United Exec Sid Goldberg Dies at 74

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By: E&P Staff

Sid Goldberg, a longtime syndicate executive who retired as senior vice president/general manager of United Media in 2002, died Thursday of heart failure. He was 74.

Goldberg joined United as executive editor in 1972 when it acquired Bell-McClure Syndicate and North American Newspaper Alliance, of which he was president and editor. Later, Goldberg served as United’s vice president and director of international syndication, which grew substantially under his leadership.

“I had the pleasure of working with Sid for eight years of his incredibly impressive and lengthy career, and it was an honor to know him. I valued him equally as a colleague and as a friend,” said Doug Stern, president and CEO of United. “Sid had incredible wisdom when it came to the newspaper
and syndication business.”

Goldberg — who was president of the Newspaper Features Council from 1999 to 2001 — began his career as a reporter with The Washington Post in 1955. He was foreign editor of World Week Magazine in New York in 1956 and 1957, after which he joined Bell McClure and North American as an editor.

Lisa Klem Wilson, who succeeded Goldberg at United, said, “Sid was very generous to me with his time and his knowledge and while he mentored me to take over his position, we developed a strong friendship. I was very fond of Sid and I will miss his insight and his sense of humor.”

Sid was the father of Jonah Goldberg, a columnist for Tribune Media Services and editor at large of National Review Online; and the husband of Lucianne Goldberg, the literary agent known for her role in exposing the President Clinton/Monica Lewinsky scandal. Sid was director of Media.

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