Spoiled Children of Divorce


Exemplary Children of Divorce – Arthur Sulzberger, Jr.
April 18, 2009, 6:13 am
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Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. is editor at The New York Times Newspaper.  I heard him discussed on NPR this morning as having built the newspaper up during the 1990’s and now for having run it into the ground financially.  As newspapers in general are disappearing I doubt he is responsible for the failures directly.  It sounds as if he, like other newspaper editors, hasn’t figured out a way to save the business because it is being taken over by the Internet.  In criticisms he is seen as weak.  He is said to be sort of “geeky,” and socially awkward.  (I’ve talked before about how I think that the “geek” culture is related to the “divorce boom” culture kids).  Either way, Sulzberger basically inherited the job through his family who has been in charge of The New York Times since the late 1880s.

Sulzberger’s childhood was discussed in the radio show and since he is a Child of D I’m going to mention him here.  The New Yorker has published an entire article about him here:  http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2005/12/19/051219fa_fact?currentPage=1.

Sulzberger, Jr.’s parents divorced when he was 5.  Sulzberger and his sister lived with their Mother and Step-Father.  The Mother remarried soon after the Divorce.  Sulzberger, Jr. visited his Father two week-ends a month.  When he was 14 he moved in with his Father and Step-Mother.  His Step-Mother is said to have hated him and journalists say that his motives for living with his Father were material.  Father rich, Mother poor.  Nobody questions how healthy his relationship with his step-father may or may not have been.   At some point Sulzberger, Jr’s.  Mother divorced and then remarried for a 3d time.  This was when Sulzberger was around 19 or 20 (not sure).

Sulzberger, Jr. is quoted in the article (linked to above) as saying that his attendance at Outward Bound when he was 16 saved his life.  He is quoted as openly talking about how he thought the Divorce weakened him.

Sulzberger was married for 33 years and has recently split from his wife.  They have two grown children, a son and a daughter.


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