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Former KARE anchor Paul Magers announces retirement

Blast from the past: Jerry Seinfeld and Paul Magers in 1992 (KARE)

Paul Magers, the longtime KARE anchor who went on to make his mark in Los Angeles, has announced his retirement.

“By retiring now while I’m relatively young and healthy, I look forward to doing all the things with family and friends that are hard to schedule when you have a full-time job that includes odd hours,” Magers said in a statement. “I definitely won’t miss putting on a suit, tie and make-up, except on Halloween. And I am excited to now have the time to pursue my longtime passion, amateur puppeteering.”

It's that sarcastic wit that helped make Magers a favorite during a 20-year stretch at KARE. He had started his career at KSTP and attended Hamline University School of Law.

Magers, 63, left to anchor the late-night news at the CBS affiliate in LA 13 years ago and watched the ratings increase considerably during his tenure.

“Paul Magers is a special individual, not only as a news anchor, but also as a friend and colleague to everyone who has had the pleasure of knowing him,” said Steve Mauldin, President & General Manager, CBS2 and sister station KCAL 9, according to Deadline Hollywood. “He’s been a bright light in our newsroom as a rock-solid journalist and, when appropriate, someone who could deliver a well-timed joke. While we wish he were staying with us, we respect the decision he has made and look forward to giving him the warm sendoff he deserves.”

In a video tribute (posted above), Magers said he has been off in recent weeks to be treated for alcoholism.

Three official Prince books due at 'Celebration' at Paisley Park

 

Photo by Chris O'Meara/ Associated Press

Photo by Chris O'Meara/ Associated Press

 

You’ve heard about Prince’s estate selling rights for music and merchandising. But have you heard about the Prince books in the works?

No, not those by every enterprising photographer and writer who spent some time with the Purple One — or the People magazine-excerpted tome by Mayte Garcia, his first wife.

We’re talking about three official Prince books that will be part of “The Celebration,” set for April 20-23 at Paisley Park in Chanhassen. There will be three hardcover books — the Celebration, one about Prince fashion and another one about his musical instruments.

They will each cost about $35, according to Joel Weinshanker, owner of Graceland Holdings LLC, which runs Paisley Park as a museum.

What’s happening with his Prince’s own memoir, announced in a Random House deal in early 2016? “No comment,” Weinshanker said.

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