Charles Laufer, the founder of Tiger Beat magazine, passed away April 5 at the age of 87. Tiger Beat was the very first magazine I ever bought — or, rather, begged my mom to buy for me. It was my first, indelible taste of male eye candy. Soon the pages of the magazine practically became my room’s wallpaper. And eventually, tracking hot celebrity men became a life’s passionate pursuit.
Needless to say, a great debt is owed. Rest in peace, Mr. Laufer. Thank you.