Poul Andersen, Printer and U.S. Danish Newspaper Publisher, Dies

By: E&P Staff

The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday that one of the newspaper’s printers, Poul Andersen, died on May 29 at the age of 84. Andersen was the publisher of a Danish-language weekly newspaper, one of only two Danish papers still operating in the United States. His death was a result of complications due to Alzheimer?s disease.

According to the Times, Andersen was a Danish immigrant who came to the United States in 1949. His grandfather co-founded a daily newspaper in Denmark, and his father was a typesetter. During World War II, Andersen took time off from working as a printer at his grandfather?s paper to fight in the Danish resistance. Soon after the war ended, Andersen came to the U.S. and, after a brief stint working at his uncle?s farm in Ohio, moved west and began work as a printer at The Los Angeles Times.

Andersen became owner of Bien, a Danish weekly founded by a Norwegian clergyman, in 1975. Though he split his time between Bien and the Times, Andersen was still able to forge modest success in the Danish-speaking market. The Times reported that his Danish weekly reached its peak circulation with 5,300 readers both in the U.S. and abroad. When the newspaper celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1982, Denmark?s Queen Margrethe II awarded Andersen with knighthood ?for his efforts in uniting the Danish American community.?

The Times cited the California Newspaper Publishers Association, which said that as of 1997, Bien was still using Linotype machines, and was probably one of the few papers left in the United States to do so. Often when deadlines approached, Andersen himself could be seen setting type on the machines. The paper eventually switched over to computers.

Andersen is survived by his wife Judy, who ran Bien with her husband from 1975 to 2001. He is also survived by a daughter, Anna Huber, from a previous marriage, and two grandchildren.

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