July 1, 2003 by

Bernard Goldhirsh

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Bernard A. Goldhirsh turned a love of sailing into a modern media success story.
Goldhirsh started sailing while attending MIT. After college, he taught science at a private school in Cambridge, and took students on sailing trips.
In 1970, Goldhirsh launched Sail magazine. When its circulation exceeded 100,000, Goldhirsh sold it for an estimated $10 million.
With the proceeds from the sale, Goldhirsh launched Inc. magazine. It also flourished. After circulation reached 650,000, Goldhirsh sold it for an estimated $200 million and gave 10 percent of the proceeds to his employees.
Goldhirsh died Sunday of a brain tumor. He was 63.

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  1. Marshall Greenspan

    I was Bernie Goldhirsh’s classmate at MIT and his fraternity brother at Pi Lamda Phi from 1958 through 1961. My clearest memories of Bernie was his love of life and of sailing. I remember that he took over the empty garage behind our fraternity house at 450 Beacon Street in Cambridge and used it to build his catamaran sailing boat with which he planned to solo sail to Europe. I don’t know if he ever made the journey. I only remember him dropping out of his undergraduate program to raise money from potential sponsors to buy the equipment and suppplies that he would need to make the voyage. I also clearly remember that, after the boat was completed, it wouldn’t fit out through the single width garage doors. As a result, he wound up tearing down the entire garage to get it out. The fraternity didn’t mind, because it gave us more room behind the house for parking and parties.

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