Al Neuharth says goodbye on video at Fla. memorial

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Associated Press

Posted on May 14, 2013 at 4:02 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 14 at 4:04 PM

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — USA Today founder Al Neuharth posthumously addressed mourners at his Florida memorial service Tuesday with a video he taped before his death last month.

Neuharth joked that "there are some people who wished this event had taken place long ago."

The founder of USA Today and the Newseum was honored Tuesday at the headquarters of Florida Today newspaper in Melbourne.

In the video, Neuharth recounted a "love affair" with Florida's Space Coast that began during a first visit in 1943. Speakers included U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, family members and former publishers of Florida Today.

It was the first of three memorial services planned this week. Others will take place at the Newseum in Washington and his alma mater, University of South Dakota.

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