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AL Neuharth, founder of USA Today, remembered at USD

AL Neuharth, the founder of USA Today, was remembered at a memorial on USD's campus Friday. AL Neuharth, the founder of USA Today, was remembered at a memorial on USD's campus Friday.

Chances are, you've seen a copy of "USA Today" at least once in your lifetime.

Today, people gathered to celebrate Al Neuharth's life, the founder of the well-known publication that changed the newspaper business, forever.

Those who knew Al Neuharth can tell you how much one life impacts countless others.

"We know that he means a lot to us, but to see all these other people who's lives he touched is really meaningful," said Dani Neuharth-Keusch, granddaughter.

Neuharth, who died in April at the age of 89, was remembered at a memorial service on the University of South Dakota campus Friday.

Neuharth was a USD grad, who went on to found USA Today in 1982.

Despite his fame, the Eureka, South Dakota native is being remembered as a man who never forgot his South Dakota roots.

"There was an authenticity about him and you know, even though he was kind of a bigger than life personality, I think of humility in the sense that he remembered where he was from," said Senator John Thune, (R) South Dakota.

Jack Marsh is the president of the Al Neuharth Media Center at USD.

He worked for Neuharth for 15 years and had the privilege of knowing who he truly was.

"He was a man of precision, of vision, extremely fair, and the best boss I ever had. In my professional life, I had no finer mentor than Al Neuharth," said Jack Marsh, Al Neuharth Media Center President.

But, no matter if those who celebrated Neuharth knew him some, a lot, or not at all, he took the time to create a video recording to make sure they knew at least this.

"Failure is not fatal. A free spirit can help us get the most out of life, any age, and under any circumstances. We simply must dream, dare, and do."

"I mean he was my role model, and I think everything that he did and the way that he lived his life is the way that I do and will live my life as well," said Neuharth-Keusch.

Another well-known journalist, with South Dakota ties, honored Nueharth by video.

Former NBC Nightly News anchor, Tom Brokaw, said Neuharth was one of "the most transformative figures in American journalism."

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