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  • Robert A. Hentzen---AKA Bob Hentzen

    Born: September 2, 1932, Seward, NE
    Died: March 17, 2000, Topeka, KS, age 67

    Kansas sports writer / sports editor;
    Graduated Central HS (Oklahoma City, OK)
    Lincoln City, NE, 7-year old, (April 8, 1940 census)
    Graduated University of Oklahoma, 1954
    Tulsa World,
    Daily Oklahoman,
    Oklahoma City Times,
    Topeka Daily Capital, sports writer, January, 1958 - ?, sports editor, ? - March 1, 1996
    Topeka State Journal,

    Father: A. J., born Nebraska, around 1904; Mother: Margarite, born Nebraska, around 1906;

    "The best three years of my life, I tell people, was when I was a sophomore. I interviewed with legendary sports editor Bob Hentzen,"

    Kansas Sports Hall of Fame page;
    The first sports writer to be inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame, Bob Hentzen was one of the most respected newspaper scribes of his time as his chronicled the highlights and heartbreaks of the Kansas sporting scene for nearly 40 years.

    Early Career
    Hentzen graduated from the University of Oklahoma and worked in the Sooners’ media relations office before newspaper stints with the Tulsa World, Daily Oklahoman and Oklahoma City Times. He came to Topeka in January, 1958, and became the sports editor and lead columnist of the Topeka Capital-Journal until he retired on March 1, 1996.

    Career Highlights
    Hentzen produced more than 8,500 columns for The Topeka Daily Capital and Topeka State Journal, ranging from the Super Bowl to the World Series to his beloved Washburn Ichabods. He continued to write one column a week until his death in 2000.

    Hentzen was honored as the Kansas Sports Writer of the Year 15 times. He was inducted into the United States Basketball Writers Association Hall of Fame in 1990, received the prestigious Bert McGrane Award from the Football Writers Association in 1993 and was honored with the Curt Gowdy Media Award by the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1996.
    Last edited by Bill Burgess; 09-25-2012, 03:51 PM.


    • Paul William Gallmeier---AKA Bud Gallmeier

      Born: April 5, 1925, Fort Wayne, IN
      Died: September 11, 1992, Fort Wayne, IN, age 67,---d. Parkview Hospital, after a month-long illness.

      Fort Wayne sports editor;
      Graduated St. Pual's Lutheran School (grade School)
      Fort Wayne, IN, 6-year old, (April 7, 1930 census)
      Fort Wayne, IN, 15-year old, (1940 census)
      Graduated Concordia Lutheran HS (Fort Wayne, TX), 1943
      WWII, US Navy, bomber tailgunner
      Journal Gazette, sports writer, March 18, 1947 - 1952
      Fort Wayne News-Sentinel (TX), sports editor, 1952 - March 26, 1993 (35 years)

      Father: Ernest August Paul E. (Bud), born Indiana around 1894; Mother: Helen M., born Nebraska, around 1894; Wife: Helen Maria Amanda Emma Weller, born 1894 in Staplehurst, died 1955; Wife: Trude.

      "Besides legendary sports editor Bud Gallmeier's 35 years, no one in newspapers has covered the Komets longer."
      Last edited by Bill Burgess; 09-25-2012, 04:03 PM.


      • Van Frederick McKenzie, Sr.

        Born: November 4, 1945, Ohio
        Died: January 26, 2007, Lake Mary, FL, age 61,---d. at home after 3-year battle with cancer.

        Florida sports writer / sports editor;
        Ocala Star-Banner, 1963 - ?
        Orlando Sentinel (FL)
        Coca Today (Florida Today),
        New York Daily News,
        Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
        National Sports Daily,
        St. Petersburg Times, executive sports editor, 1973 -
        Orlando Sentinel (FL), associate managing editor,

        Mother: Mary; Wife: Sandy; Son: Van, Jr.; Son: Von;

        "While working for legendary Sports Editor Van McKenzie, I ran the Sports desk at night, served as copy chief and occasionally wrote stories for an award-winning Sports section."

        St. Petersburg Times' obituary, January 27, 2007, pp. 3C.
        Last edited by Bill Burgess; 11-19-2013, 08:08 AM.


        • Douglas A. Bradford---AKA Doug Bradford

          Born: March 11, 1928, New Albany, MS
          Died: October 1, 2011, Dotham, AL, age 83,---d. at his residence.

          sports editor;
          Attended Walker County HS (Jasper, AL),
          Jasper, AL, 12-year old, (April 15, 1940 census)
          Attended University of Missouri (did not graduate)
          Graduated University of Alabama,
          Dothan Eagle (Dotham, AL), news reporter, 1952 - ?, managing editor, editorial page editor, sports editor, 1952 - March 23, 1978, news editor, March 23, 1978 - 1987

          Father: Dunk A. Bradford, born Mississippi, around 1900; Mother: Elizabeth Luckett, born Mississippi, around 1901; Daughter: Melanie; Wife: Melba Brackin; Son: Scott Bradford

          "The crystal ball returns yet again, though a bit miffed at its owner for an ill-timed vacation a year ago. As the owner of the beloved instrument passed down from this publication's legendary sports editor Doug Bradford to yours truly, the age-old instrument was boasting an.800 winning percentage before I accidently dropped it, placing it on the disabled list for the last week of the season."
          Mr. Doug Bradford Passes

          Rickey Stokes
          Date: Oct 02 2011 3:39 PM

          Mr. Doug Bradford passed away on Saturday.
          Mr. Bradford worked with the Dothan Eagle for forty one and a half years as sports editor, news editor, editorial page editor, and managing editor, and was inducted into the Wiregrass Sports Hall of Fame.

          Over the working years he was a member of the Ray's Restaurant " house of knowledge". Most days at lunch he would be at the group table laughing and joking with all.

          Doug Bradford was a good man. He was a man that promoted sports and Dothan in his years with the Dothan Eagle.

          Douglas “Doug” A. Bradford of Dothan passed away Saturday, October 1, 2011, at his residence. He was 83.

          Funeral services will be held at 2:30 P.M. Tuesday, October 4, 2011, at the Ward Wilson Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Johnny Fain and Reverend Bob Gross officiating. Burial will follow in Memory Hill Cemetery with Ward Wilson Funeral Home directing.

          The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home from 1:30 to 2:30 P.M. Tuesday, October 4, 2011, one hour prior to the service.

          Mr. Bradford was born March 11, 1928, in New Albany, MS, and grew up in Jasper, AL. The son of the late Dunk A. Bradford and Elizabeth Luckett Bradford. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Dothan. He worked with the Dothan Eagle for forty one and a half years as sports editor, news editor, editorial page editor, and managing editor, and was inducted into the Wiregrass Sports Hall of Fame. He served in the Navy during WWII. Mr. Bradford was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and loved spending time with the grandchildren and going to their activities.

          He is preceded in death by his parents, daughter, Melanie Bradford, one brother-in-law, R.H. Waid, and mother and father-in-law, Albert O. and Ada H. Brackin.

          Survivors include his wife, Melba Brackin Bradford of Dothan; son, Scott Bradford of Dothan; sister, Betty Waid of Gardendale, AL; grandchildren, Matt and Clay Barfield, Jessica Bradford Hollis, great-grandchild, Kaden Hollis, son-in-law, Billy Barfield, brothers and sisters-in-law, Al and Mary Brackin, Athol and Gloria Brackin, Mike and Gloria Brackin, sister-in-law, Olbia Brackin and James Travis Mixon, and several nieces and nephews.
          Last edited by Bill Burgess; 06-25-2013, 05:54 PM.


          • Harry Holmes Boone---AKA 'Pop' Boone

            Born: July 8, 1878, Iowa
            Died: March 2, 1957, Fort Worth, TX, age 78,---d. heart attack

            Texas sports editor;
            San Antonio, TX, printer, (June 11, 1900 census)
            San Antonio Light (TX), sports editor,
            San Antonio, TX, newspaper manager, (1910 census)
            Waco, TX, war worker under the National War Work Council, (WWI Civilian Draft Registration)
            Fort Worth, TX, newspaper editor, (January 4, 1920 census)
            Fort Worth, TX, local paper, sports writer, (April 10, 1930 census)
            Tarrant County, Precint 1, local paper, sports editor, (May 7, 1940 census)
            Fort Worth Press, sports editor,

            Father: Thomas Warren, born May 10, 1843, Ohio, died February 28, 1931; Mother: Margaret Elizabeth, born April 10, 1845, Michigan, died March 31, 1910; Wife: Clara 'Mom' Amanda Whiteman, born Louisiana, March, 1874; Son: Warren, born Texas, December, 1897, Son: Thomas, born Texas, May, 1899; Daughter: Mary Jean, born Texas, around 1909; Son: Daniel, born TX, around 1914.

            "Graduating from Carter-Riverside High School in 1944, Jack D. White worked briefly for the Fort Worth Press covering high school sports under the legendary sports editor H.H. "Pop" Boone."

            Last edited by Bill Burgess; 09-25-2012, 03:39 PM.


            • Royal B. Brougham

              Born: September 17, 1893, St. Louis, MO
              Died: October 30, 1978, Seattle, WA, age 84,---d. heart attack at Swedish Hospital

              Seattle sports editor;
              St. Louis, MO, 6-year old, (June 16, 1900 census)
              Seattle, WA, 14-year old, (April 18, 1910 census)
              Seattle, WA, Newspaper, editor, (January 3, 1920 census)
              Seattle, WA, Daily paper, associate editor, (April 10, 1930 census)
              Seattle, WA, newspaper sports editor, (April 10, 1940 census)
              Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 1910, sports editor, 1923 - 1925, managing editor, 1925 - 1928, sports editor, 1928 - 1968, associate editor, 1968 - 1978.

              Father: Herbert D., born May, 1861, Nova Scotia, Canada; Mother: Mattie, born Illinois, January, 1865; Wife: Alice V., born Washington, around 1894; Daughter: Alice M., born Washington, around 1918.

              " This is why he won the “Royal Brougham Legend Award”, named after the legendary sports editor and Sports Star of the Year founder,"

              Royal Brougham (September 17, 1894–October 30, 1978)[1] was one of the longest tenured employees of a U.S. newspaper in history, working for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer in Seattle, Washington, primarily as sports editor, for 68 years. He was a highly regarded Seattle citizen who befriended athletes such as Jack Dempsey and Babe Ruth and movie stars like Bing Crosby. Brougham was a devout Christian and philanthropist. The Royal Brougham Sports Pavilion at Seattle Pacific University and the street named S. Royal Brougham Way (formerly known as S. Connecticut St., it borders Safeco Field and Qwest Field) in Seattle commemorate his legacy to the community.

              The Emerald City Supporters, a supporter group for the Seattle Sounders FC soccer team, have nicknamed the team's home stadium "Royal Brougham Park" in Brougham's honor. The southern end of the stadium is also known as the "Brougham End", since that side of the stadium complex is bordered by Royal Brougham Way.

              A 68-year veteran of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, journalist Royal Brougham was once dubbed “Dean of American Sportswriters.” Brougham’s column, “The Morning After,” was a fixture of P-I sports pages for more than half a century. Despite a casual demeanor (many of his columns were simply credited to “your old neighbor”), frequent misspellings, and creative grammar, Brougham established himself as one of Seattle’s most celebrated, opinionated, and influential journalists. He was also one of the city’s most generous men. To honor his numerous efforts on behalf of others, the Seattle-King County Association of Realtors named Royal Brougham First Citizen of 1946.

              The Power of the Press
              Royal Brougham was born in St. Louis on September 17, 1894, and arrived in Seattle with his family as a youngster. He vividly remembered his youth in Seattle, particularly on Queen Anne Hill, which -- in his opinion -- was a “mini-mountain.”

              “What a challenge for a 10-year-old boy and his red coaster wagon. Starting at the very top, we took off like a runaway rocket. If they were looking, passersby saw an apparition of a red streak doing about 60 m.p.h., with a very scared passenger desperately clinging to the sides.
              “Alas, the little wooden wagon disintegrated upon striking a telephone pole. Thanks to the protecting wings of some unseen angel, this juvenile Barney Oldfield wasn’t even scratched” (“Royal Brougham Remembers”).

              Brougham attended Franklin High School but, in 1910, dropped out to be a copy boy in the sports department of the Post-Intelligencer. Despite an unfinished education, Brougham quickly rose from errand boy to part-time writer, then full-time sports journalist. “I broke into the newspaper business 64 years ago at the Post-Intelligencer for a weekly salary of six dollars ... It was a steal,” he recalled in 1975 (“Royal Brougham Remembers”).

              Never literary in style, Brougham wrote informally and often punctuated his columns with personal anecdotes or rhymes. These traits infuriated his critics but delighted his readership. For many years Brougham was the “face” of the P-I, one of its highest-paid reporters and the man who received the largest amount of fan mail as well as hate mail.

              Brougham’s rise at the P-I was swift. He became the paper’s sports editor in 1923, then managing editor in 1925. In 1928, Brougham returned to the sports desk -- demoted, some said, because he refused to print several stories on actress Marion Davies (1897-1961), the mistress of William Randolph Hearst (1863-1951). (The P-I was a Hearst-owned paper.) Thereafter he headed sports department for the next 40-plus years, until becoming an associate editor in 1968.

              In the Thick of Things
              As the senior P-I sportswriter, Royal Brougham had the good fortune to cover many of the twentieth century’s most famous sporting events, and befriended many of the athletes themselves -- friendships he would later tap for his various community service projects. The list of luminaries that Brougham knew is astounding -- from Babe Ruth (1895-1948) to Babe Didrickson (1914-1956), from golfer Bobby Jones (1902-1971) to innumerable prizefighters. Nor were his connections limited to sports: When attending one of the two Joe Louis/Jersey Joe Wolcott fights in late 1940s, Brougham's ringside guest was John Roosevelt (1916-1981), son of the late President Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945).

              Perhaps Brougham’s most famous assignment, however, was the one that no one in Seattle was able to read about. In 1936, he accompanied the University of Washington rowing crew to the Berlin Olympics. None of his work reporting on the Olympics appeared locally, since the Post-Intelligencer went on strike while he was away. But that didn’t stop Brougham from pursuing a good story. One tale has Brougham marching straight up to Adolph Hitler’s (1889-1945) suite for an unscheduled interview with the German leader. Brougham was turned away, but not before locking eyes with Hitler, if only for a brief moment (“The Life and Times of Royal Brougham”).

              Power Put to Use
              When they were published, Royal Brougham’s columns could be very opinionated, and also very influential. Scathing articles may have helped show the door to several local coaches. Toward the end of the University of Washington’s 1947 football season, Brougham reported that coach Ralph Welch would be given walking papers at the season’s end. There were no facts behind this report; it merely represented Brougham’s wishes. Shortly after the season ended, Welch was let go (“The Life and Times of Royal Brougham”). People forget, Emmett Watson quoted a former colleague as saying, “that Royal was once one of the most powerful men in the state. Not just in sports, in any field ... . He used this power judiciously. And that is how he was able to raise enormous sums of money for charities, servicemen’s recreations; how he could cajole and shame the citizens of Seattle into desegregating lilywhite golf courses and bowling alleys. His power translated into a better break for Japanese after World War II. He demanded ‘living memorials’ in the form of playfields to remember military dead, instead of statues of some guy sitting on an iron horse” (R.B. -- R.I.P.).

              Royal Brougham had long been concerned with the plight of others, but America’s involvement in World War II spurred him into civic activities as never before. For instance, through a series of charity events, he raised more than $150,000 to purchase sporting and recreation equipment for soldiers overseas. (Brougham was cited by the War Department for his exemplary fundraising efforts.) Further, he was accumulating an incredible record of wartime involvement: Chair of the Seattle War Athletic Council, Vice-chair of the Seattle USO Council, Board of Directors of the Seattle/King County American Red Cross, and Washington director of the National Commission of Living War Memorials.

              Nor did Brougham’s efforts stop with America’s soldiers. He constantly promoted funding for school athletic facilities, in addition to recreation areas such as parks and national forests. He was a strong advocate for fairness in sports, such as when he campaigned to remove a “whites only” clause from the bylaws of the American Bowling Congress. He was also a member of the Press Committee for the 1948 and 1952 Olympic games, sat on the Football Writers Association Board of Directors, was a member of the Seattle Rotary for almost half a century, and received citizenship awards from B’nai B’rith and many other organizations. There were times when Royal Brougham seemed to be everywhere; his stature was such that, in 1953, Seattle Pacific University named their basketball arena the Royal Brougham Pavilion. (This went nicely with a University of Washington rowing shell also named in his honor.)

              Such were Royal Brougham’s accomplishments that in 1946 the Seattle/King County Association of Realtors named him Seattle's "First Citizen." In being named for the Realtor award, the group bypassed the usual crop of business and financial leaders to honor Brougham’s work in aid of American servicemen, not to mention his promotion of recreational amenities throughout the Pacific Northwest. Brougham received his plaque -- presented by longtime friend, boxer Jack Dempsey (1895-1983) -- on January 16, 1947, at a banquet at Seattle's Olympic Hotel.

              The Gift That Keeps on Giving
              Perhaps the most extraordinary story behind Royal Brougham’s community involvement comes from his friendship with one man: Portus Baxter, Brougham’s predecessor as P-I sports editor. Baxter was the man who originally hired Brougham, and when Baxter retired in the early 1920s, Brougham made sure to keep him on the payroll at $5 per week. In addition, Brougham regularly performed odd tasks for Baxter over the years, and was one of the man’s few regular visitors after Baxter’s wife passed away in the 1930s.

              When Portus Baxter died in 1962 he had no heirs, so in return for Brougham’s years of kindness, Baxter named him as the recipient of a $300,000 inheritance. It was an unexpected windfall, but not one that prompted Brougham to retire and enjoy the good life. Instead, he chose to give most of this fortune away.

              After separating out $50,000 for his daughter and three grandchildren (Brougham married his wife Alice in 1915), in 1966 he created the Royal Brougham Foundation, intent on helping those less fortunate. “The Lord and this community have always been good to me,” Brougham remarked at the time. “I’ve just giving the money spent to enrich back to where it came from.” The fact that he was choosing to give away such a large sum didn’t faze him in the slightest. “I don’t see anything startling about it. I’m going to have the enjoyment of watching the money spent to enrich the lives of boys and girls. They have always been my favorite people ... Besides, it will be an interesting change to be sort of poor again. And it will keep a guy humble” (“Brougham Gives Away Fortune”). The $250,000 fund was established for grants and interest-free loans for securing counselors for boys' and girls' camps, funding Christian missionary efforts in foreign countries, and providing tuition for students in church-related schools or colleges. (As of 2003, Brougham’s fund had grown to more than $1 million, and was being administered through CHRISTA Ministries in Shoreline.)

              A Fond Farewell
              Royal Brougham continued to be a mainstay at the Post-Intelligencer throughout the 1960s and 1970s, and was named an associate editor of the paper in 1968. But on October 30, 1978, just 10 days after a banquet was held in his honor at the Washington Athletic Club (that same day was proclaimed “Royal Brougham Appreciation Day” by Seattle and King County), the veteran sportswriter died at age 84. Brougham passed on after suffering a massive heart attack in a Kingdome press box during the closing minutes of a Seattle Seahawks/Denver Broncos football game. Brougham was rushed to Swedish Hospital, and as he was being wheeled from the stadium toward a waiting ambulance, he made sure to ask an elevator operator for the score (“The Life and Times of Royal Brougham”). The Seahawks lost, 20-17.

              Nearly 500 of the city’s most prominent citizens gathered at First Presbyterian Church for Brougham’s funeral on November 3, 1978. Brougham played a part in his own service, with tape recordings of a recent interview being played for the gathered crowd. He remarked how he had met some wondrous personalities during his time, but there was still one more to meet. “The greatest thrill I’ll ever have is to come face-to-face with Him in the land that every Christian looks forward to,” Brougham said. (“Hundreds from all Walks in Farewell to Brougham”).

              Longtime friend Emmett Watson (1918-2001) remembered Royal Brougham shortly after his death. “At his best, he had the surest instinct for a story of any man I ever knew,” Watson noted. “He had an uncanny sense for what quickened the reader’s interest, for what held him, and brought him back. This transcended R.B.’s faulty punctuation and his frequent misspellings. Once when I called him down on some minor misusage, he looked up and replied ‘Thanks, kid, but you had a better education than I did. Nobody ever taught me these things’” (R.B. – R.I.P.”).

              A quarter century after his death, P-I reporter Dan Raley recalled Brougham’s legacy:

              “Most local sports fans under 40 couldn’t tell you who Brougham was or what he did. Yet from the outbreak of World War I through the aftermath of the Vietnam War, Brougham was a slight man who became a larger-than-life character, persistently sticking his nose into everything involving the local sporting landscape. When he wasn’t extolling the virtues of Seattle, Brougham was reaching out to some of the nation’s biggest athletic names -- among them Babe Ruth, Jack Dempsey, Jessie Owens and Babe Didrikson Zaharias -- and coaxing them to travel to the Pacific Northwest as his guest for some charitable cause” (“The Life and Times of Royal Brougham”).

              In 1979, a year following his death, Brougham's peers nominated him to the State Hall of Journalistic Achievement. That same year saw a four-lane street near the Kingdome (formerly South Connecticut Street, which in 2005 runs between Safeco Field and Qwest Stadium) named after the late sportswriter -- South Royal Brougham Way. The honor was supported by columnist Emmett Watson, and sponsored on the city council by Councilman George Benson (1919-2004).

              Royal Brougham's third-floor office at the old P-I building at Sixth and Wall was a veritable sporting museum.
              Many of his mementos were later displayed at the Royal Brougham Museum at the Kingdome.

              Brougham holds court at the 1975 dedication of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.-----------------------Royal Brougham, standing upper left, and sports writers in the P-I newsroom.
              From lower left: Henry Broderick, Dr. Bill Hutchinson, Sen. Edward Kennedy, Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen,
              Brougham, Joe DiMaggio, Patsy Hutchinson, Sen. Warren Magnuson, Gov. Dan Evans, and Ritter Collett.

              New York, April 7, 1966: He gives away his fortune to establish a $250,000 foundation for needy students.
              Last edited by Bill Burgess; 06-25-2013, 05:07 PM.


              • Henri Smith Barrier, Jr.

                Born: July 17, 1916, Concord, NC
                Died: June 2, 1989, Greensboro, NC, age 72,---d. heart attack.

                Greensboro sports editor;
                Graduated University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill, NC),
                Concord Tribune (Concord, NC),
                Concord City, NC, (January 5, 1920 census)
                Concord, NC, retail merchant in groceries, (April 4, 1930 census)
                Concord City, NC, Daily newspaper, sports writer, (April 6, 1940 census)
                Greensboro Daily News (NC), sports writer, February, 1941 - 1944, sports editor, 1944 - 1980

                Father: Henri Smith Barrier, Sr., born North Carolina around 1891; Mother: Jannette, born North Carolina, around 1892;

                "Legendary sports editor Smith Barrier was an eloquent and tireless advocate during the early years of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), which was formed in 1954."

                Smith Barrier (died 2 June 1989), was an American sports journalist. He was the longtime Executive Sports Editor of Greensboro News & Record and served as president of United States Basketball Writers Association from 1970 - 1971. He is a charter member of the United States Basketball Writers Association Hall of Fame. In 1999, Barrier was awarded the Basketball Hall of Fame's Curt Gowdy Media Award for outstanding contributions in electronic and print media.

                Barrier, who became the Daily News sports editor in 1944, graduated from the University of North Carolina. His account of UCLA's Lew Alcindor in the 1967 UCLA-Dayton game in the 1967 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament earned him a spot in the book "Best Sports Stories 1970".

                Writing about UCLA's national champion basketball teams under John Wooden, he said, "Mister John Wooden has a watch factory out in Los Angeles. It's a bit different from most Swiss works. They don't make watches, they win 'em."
                Smith Barrier, a University of North Carolina graduate, was a sportswriter and the Executive Sports Editor for the Greensboro Daily News and Greensboro Daily Record (now Greensboro News and Record) from 1941 to 1980. His career spanned four decades and included coverage of the Southern Conference from 1941 to 1953 and the Atlantic Coast Conference from 1954 to 1988. In addition to writing several books on North Carolina sports history, he also served as President of the Atlantic Coast Conference Sportswriters Association. Barrier covered the Final Four for 30 years from 1957 to 1987, and was influential in the decision-making process to bring the 1974 Final Four to Greensboro. Barrier was a charter inductee of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Hall of Fame and served as the organization’s president from 1970 to 1971. In 1980, Barrier was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame.

                ACC basketball trivia trip
                Ggo 50th Anniversary Book 1938-1988
                GGO: The First Forty-four Years
                On Carolina's Gridiron 1888-1936: A History of Football at the University of North Carolina
                On Tobacco Road: Basketball in North Carolina
                The ACC Basketball Tournament Classic
                University of Kansas National Championship 1988
                Atlantic Coast Conference Football Yearbook, 1957; Basketball Yearbook, 1958; Spring Sports Yearbook, 1958 (Official Publication Vol. IV [Four 4], Nos. 1, 2, 3 [One Two Three I II III]
                Brigham Young University National Championship 1984 (Brigham Young University National Championship 1984)

                Hendersonville Times-News obituary, June 3, 1989, pp. 15.----------------March 11, 1983: Smith Barrier / John Wooden (UCLA Head Basketball coach)

                Last edited by Bill Burgess; 09-25-2012, 03:59 PM.


                • Bernard Adolphas Bridgewater---AKA B. A. Bridgewater

                  Born: December 9, 1894, Rutledge, TN
                  Died: August 23, 1964, Tulsa, OK, age 69

                  Tulsa (OK) sports editor;
                  Muskogee Times Democrat (Muskogee, OK), editor, (June 5, 1917 WWI Civilian Draft Registration)
                  Oklahoma City Daily Oklahoman,
                  Forrest City, AR, 5-year old, (June 7, 1900 census)
                  Asheville City, NC, 16-year old, (April 18, 1910 census)
                  Tulsa, OK, newspaper editor, (April 8, 1930 census)
                  Tulsa, OK, newspaper sports editor, (April 12, 1940 census)
                  Tulsa World (OK) , telegraph editor, city editor, managing editor, sports editor, 1947 - 1964,

                  Father: G. W., born Tennessee, July, 1867; Mother: Katie, born Arkansas, August, 1870; Wife: Mary B., born around 1898, Illinois; Son: Bernard Adolphas, Sr., born around 1934, Oklahoma; Daughter: Jane, born Oklahoma around 1919.

                  The gift is in honor of Mr. B. A. Bridgewater who served as sports editor of the Tulsa World for 37 years until his death in 1964."

                  Washington Post obituary, August23, 1964, pp. B10.
                  Last edited by Bill Burgess; 06-25-2013, 05:02 PM.


                  • Clarence William Hunter, Jr.---AKA Bill Hunter

                    Born: July 29, 1924, Graham, NC
                    Died: July 21, 1998, Graham, NC, age 73,---d. at his home after 6 weeks of failing health, - cancer

                    Burlington (NC) sports editor;
                    Graham, NC, 5-year old, (April 4, 1930 census)
                    Graham, NC, 15-year old, (April 15, 1940 census)(listed C. W.)
                    WWII, 306th Bomb Group
                    Graduated Elon College (Elon, NC),
                    Travora Manufacturing Co. (Graham, NC), (WWII Civilian Draft Registration)
                    Graham, NC, no listed occupation, (April 15, 1940 census)
                    Burlington Times-News (NC), August, 1952 - ?, sports editor, February 2, 1953 - June, 1989

                    Father: Clarence William Hunter, Sr., born North Carolina, around 1901; Mother: Ola Cheek, born, North Carolina, around 1904; Wife: Zilla Mauney; Daughter: Jill Hunter Jordan; Son: William Craig; Son: Kevin Stuart; Wife: Ola C., born North Carolina, around 1904; Son: Clarence William, born North Carolina around 1928; Daughter: Jena D., born North Carolina, around 1926; Daughter: Mescal G., born North Carolina, around 1928; Son: Almond, born North Carolina, around 1931; Daughter: Jarklin, born North Carolina, around 1934.

                    "Don, in conjunction with legendary sports editor Bill Hunter, allowed me the privilege of reporting and writing for people in this community starting in 1984."

                    Bill Hunter
                    Associated Press: Obituaries in the News - AP News Archive: AP NEWS ARCHIVE Jul. 22, 1998 10:26 PM ET
                    Jul 22, 1998 - BURLINGTON, N.C. (AP) _ Bill Hunter, longtime sports editor at the Burlington Times-News, died Tuesday. He was 73.
                    The cause of death was unavailable.
                    Hunter served as Times-News sports editor for almost 37 years before retiring in 1989. He continued to report for the paper on a part-time basis after his retirement, with an emphasis on area golf.
                    Hunter joined the Times-News in August 1952, then became sports editor in February 1953. He was best-known for his coverage of local sports.
                    Madison Taylor: From the editor's desk
                    Plenty of room for one more
                    January 22nd, 2011, 10:30 pm

                    Bill Hunter.

                    A couple of years ago Don Bolden, the editor emeritus of the Times-News and who — along with Bill Hunter — gave me my first job here in 1984, made it a goal to have Bill enshrined in the Hall. As most recall, Bill, who died in 1998, was the sports editor of the Times-News for 37 years. For nearly every one of them, he was sports in Alamance County.

                    I honestly can’t think of anyone more deserving. If I had to list my favorite sports writers of all time, Bill Hunter would be in the top five. I learned more about writing from reading Bill than anyone else. He actually made me want to read about NASCAR.

                    Nice guy, too.

                    “There was no time when Elon was winning or losing that I didn’t want to talk to him because he was such an outstanding person,” said Tolley, who was on the winning end far more often than the losing one when Bill covered Elon as his primary beat. It wasn’t uncommon for Bill to speak to the Elon football coach several times a week during the season be it Red Wilson, Jerry Tolley or Mackey Carden.

                    “He was a gentleman reporter,” Tolley added.

                    Indeed, Bill bridged multiple eras of sports reporting. When he began, few newspapers paid much attention to full coverage of high school athletics. Hunter was among the sports editors who decided this was a mistake and devoted time, space and effort to chronicling the previously unheralded efforts of prep “gridders,” “cagers,” “netters” and “thinclads.”

                    “To Bill, coverage of a high school baseball game is just as important as the last game of the World Series, or a high school golf event is as important as the Masters,” Don Bolden once noted.

                    When big-time college athletics arrived in North Carolina, Bill made sure the Times-News handled it and did so well. But he never lost sight of the importance of local sports. He made sure we covered area high schools, Elon and golf. The latter two he took care of personally. He was an Elon alum, after all.

                    “He was an Elon person all the way. He was very supportive of Elon, not just football but all sports,” Tolley said.

                    Bill emerged from a kinder time in sports writing, and reporting in general. Local newspapers rooted for the home team and seldom searched for scandal. But when scandal erupted, as it does every so often, he wrote about it, too.
                    He touted the accomplishments of people in the community without fail. Folks who scored a hole-in-one or double-eagle got in the paper. If they caught a fish at Lake Cammack, it got published — with a photo.

                    Many of Bill’s media contemporaries are already in the Hall, including Smith Barrier and Irwin Smallwood, both of the Greensboro Daily News and later News and Record; Mebane native Woody Durham, the longtime voice of UNC football and basketball; and Denton’s Furman Bisher, a sports writing giant for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
                    Bill should be among them.

                    Tolley agreed.

                    “He was the face of sports in the county for all those years. If you thought of anyone who was a sports writer, it was Mr. Hunter,” Tolley said. “He was something.”
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                    • Robert Calvin Brown---AKA Bob Brown

                      Born: May 13, 1928, Omaha, Nebraska
                      Died: January 10, 2012, Fort Dodge, IA, age 83,---d. Thompkins Health Center (Fort Dodge, IA.

                      Fort Dodge sports editor;
                      Fort Dodge, IA, 1-year old, (April 2, 1930 census)
                      Fort Dodge, IA, 11-year old, (April 5, 1940 census)
                      Graduated Fort Dodge HS (Fort Dodge, IA), 1946
                      Graduated Drake University (Des Moines, IA), 1952
                      US Army (Korea),
                      Fort Dodge Messenger News, (Iowa), sports editor, 1956 - 1993.

                      Father: Warren C., born Indiana around 1901; Mother: Doris Sharp, born Nebraska; Wife: Nan;

                      "As a fisherman, he was an expert's expert. But in his home waters he was best known as a legendary sports editor and writer. He was named the Associated Press Sportswriter of the Year three times, and is in the University of Iowa Media Wall of Fame."---Larry Myhre

                      "The Bob Brown "School of Journalism" was the career launching pad for scores of young people who worked part-time in The Messenger sports department under the legendary sports editor."

                      ROBERT C. “BOB” BROWN
                      January 11, 2012
                      Messenger News

                      Robert C. "Bob" Brown, whose award-winning journalism career included 37 years as sports editor of the Fort Dodge Messenger, passed away Tuesday at the age of 83 at Tompkins Health Center.

                      Brown, who also served a stint as editor of the Messenger, was born in Omaha, Neb., on May 13, 1928, but moved to Fort Dodge at six months of age. He graduated from Fort Dodge Senior High School in 1946 and Drake University in 1952. He also also served in the Army in Korea.

                      He started his journalism career at KQTV in Fort Dodge in 1952, then went to KVFD radio, also in Fort Dodge. Bob became sports editor at the Fort Dodge Messenger in 1956, and retired in 1993. His sports column, Crowd Noise, was a North Central Iowa favorite. He passionately chronicled the exploits of hundreds of high school and college athletes.

                      He also had a big following with his fishing and hunting coverage. His "Inside On the Outside" column had a national following.

                      Bob was named Sportswriter of the Year in Iowa by the National Association of Sportscasters and Sportswriters in 1964, 1974 and 1975. He was very proud of his induction into the Fort Dodge Senior High School Hall of Fame. He was also a charter member of the University of Iowa's Media Wall of Fame.

                      Bob is survived by Nan, his wife since 1952; sons Rick (Karon) Brown, Pleasant Hill; Randy (Mary Jo) Brown, Ames; and Roger (Jackie) Brown, Fort Dodge; and daughter Renee Brown, Minnetonka, Minn.; grandchildren Ben Brown, Blair Brown, Claire Brown, Jane Brown, Jordan Koepke, Jondle Koepke, Tia Koepke; Sam Goldberg and Zach Goldberg; and a great grandchild, Petra Tillison.

                      Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Warren and Doris; his brother, Jack; and granddaughters Meredith and Natalie.

                      Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at Gunderson Funeral Home. Services will be held Friday at 10:30 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church.

                      In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made out to the family to be used at their discretion.
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                      • David V. Smith---AKA Dave Smith

                        Born: April 24, 1947, Mansfield, OH
                        Died: Still Alive

                        Sports editor;
                        US Marine Corps, 1957 - 1960
                        Boston Globe, 1970 - 1978
                        Washington Star (Washington, DC), sports editor, 1978 - 1981
                        Dallas Morning News, deputy managing editor, executive sports editor, 1981 - 1983, assistant managing editor, 1983 - 1987, deputy managing editor, 1987 - 2004.

                        Wife: Studie Walker;

                        "Dave Smith, 60, is a legendary sports editor, having emigrated to Dallas 19 years ago from the Globe, itself a sports powerhouse, by way of the late Washington Star."---Lewis M. Simons

                        Dave Smith worked for the Boston Globe in the 1970s. He moved to the Dallas Morning News in 1981 and revamped their sports section. He retired from his job there in 2004. In 1990, he won the Red Smith Award.

                        Dave Smith, who retired after 23 years as managing editor/executive sports editor of the Dallas Morning News in April 2004, helped build a nationally recognized sports section and pushed rodeo to the forefront, not only as a regional, but also a national sport. Fans were able to find rodeo results right along with more traditional sports in the Morning News, which also featured a weekly column, extensive coverage of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and a mid-year report.

                        Since 1983 SportsDay has been honored as one of the top 10 daily and Sunday sections by the Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE). Smith’s career began in 1957 when he was named sports editor of the Marine Corps Air Station’s base newspaper, the Windsock. He later served in a similar capacity at newspapers in his native Ohio (Mansfield and Ashland), Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Boston, Washington, D.C., and Dallas. He joined the Dallas Morning News as executive sports editor of the Morning News’ SportsDay in 1981, became an assistant managing editor in 1983 and deputy managing editor in 1987. Smith was named sports director of the Belo Publishing Division in 1998. At its peak in 2000, the Morning News, under legendary sports editor Dave Smith, maintained a sports staff of more than one hundred reporters and editors.

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                        Recognized nationally as a sports journalism innovator, Smith is a founder and past president of APSE, as well as a recipient of the APSE’s prestigious Red Smith Award in 1990. He was inducted into the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992 and was recognized by the Dallas All Sports Association with its award for high professional standards and commitment to journalistic principles in 1992.
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                        • George Randolph Galloway---AKA Randy Galloway

                          Born: January 19, 1943, Graves County, Kentucky
                          Died: Still Alive

                          Texas sports writer;
                          Dallas Morning News, sports writer, 1967 - 1998
                          Fort Worth Star-Telegram, sports writer, 1998 - ?
                          Sports radio show host,

                          Mother: Margaret Bingham

                          George Randolph "Randy" Galloway (born January 19, 1943) is the host of Galloway and Company, the drive-time program on KESN 103.3 FM, ESPN Radio's Dallas affiliate and also heard on ESPN Xtra on XM Radio. He is also a sports columnist for the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram and a graduate of Sam Houston State University.

                          Previously, Galloway has been a columnist for The Dallas Morning News and a radio host for News/Talk 820 WBAP. In 1998, he left the The Dallas Morning News after 31 years, accepting a 5-year, $1.5 million contract with the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram.

                          Listeners have become accustomed to Galloway's trademark wit and sarcasm as well as his deep Texas drawl.

                          On Friday, December 16, 2003, Galloway paid former Dallas Cowboys' quarterback Quincy Carter's $500 bail after Carter was arrested on marijuana charges.

                          Galloway broadcast his 5,000th show April 11, 2008, celebrated by KESN in a day-long promotion. President George W. Bush called in as a special guest and congratulated Randy, including an invite to the Oval Office.
                          In March 2009 Galloway admitted in one of his articles that Buck Showalter told him off the record in 2003 he believed Alex Rodriguez may have been on steroids. Galloway admitted the media should have done more to uncover the baseball steroid scandal.

                          Personal life
                          Galloway lives in Grand Prairie, Texas, with his wife Janeen. They have two daughters together. He enjoys Lone Star Park and owns horses.
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                          • Conrad Keith Marshall---AKA Con Marshall

                            Born: November 16, 1941, Chadron, Nebraska
                            Died: Still Alive

                            Chadron (NE) sports editor;
                            Graduated Chadron HS (Chadron, NE), 1959
                            Graduated Chadron State College (Chadron, NE), 1963
                            Chadron State College (Chadron, NE), director of information, 1976?

                            Father: Robert; Mother: Jeanette B. Marshall, born around 1921, died November 13, 2003; Wife: Peggy L.; Son: Tyler; Daughter: Sara; Son: Perry R.;

                            "I called Con Marshal, a legendary sports editor in western Nebraska, to ask him his thoughts about the Penn State situation."

                            Con Marshall remains highly involved in the institution’s publicity efforts. Marshall is in his 39th year of employment at CSC.

                            A native of Chadron and a CSC graduate, Marshall has been recognized for his efforts in promoting athletics by the Nebraska Athletic Directors, Nebraska Coaches Association, and the Nebraska High School Hall of Fame. He also has received a 25-year award from the College Sports Information Directors of America and the award for the RMAC SID of the Year is named after him.
                            Con Marshall is Chadron Citizen of the Year
                            Edited from an article by Kerri Rempp, Chadron Record staff writer

                            The name has become practically synonymous with Chadron. “He is Chadron,” said Marshall’s long-time friend Dennis Edwards. Marshall has worked tirelessly over the years promoting Chadron and Dawes County and the people who call the area home. His work for the Chadron Record and Chadron State College has sent him everywhere, covering topics ranging from agriculture to sports.

                            Now, he will also be known as The Chadron Record’s 2010 Citizen of
                            the Year. “Con is one of those people that you want and hope will be on your team. He is an amazing person,” wrote George and Emily Klein upon learning of Marshall’s selection as Citizen of the Year. The couple worked with Marshall during preparations for Chadron’s 100th and 125th anniversary celebrations. Marshall compiled history books for each occasion.

                            “Con is like a walking history book,” Emily said. “We certainly could not have been successful in putting together Chadron’s Quasquicentennial History Book without Con. He was extremely busy at the time and highly committed on other projects, but he agreed to work on the project and produced a wonderfully inclusive piece of memorabilia.”

                            Marshall’s work ethic, mentioned over and over again by those who know him, has made him the “go-to” person for many projects. “He’s one of those people who can take a project and go,” Emily Klein said. “We’re really fortunate to have him and (wife) Peggy in the community.”

                            Marshall’s dedication to promoting the area, its athletes and its citizens is deserving of the Citizen of the Year Award” said CSC athletic director Brad Smith. “What a wonderful honor to a tremendous man who has dedicated his entire life to western Nebraska.”

                            “I never cease to be amazed at how many different hours of the day in so many different settings I see Con,” Edwards said. “I have so much respect for his work ethic. You could not afford to hire Con Marshall by the hour.”

                            Marshall began his career in journalism working on the Chadron State Eagle while in college during the 1960s, but didn’t cover the sports beat. When he went to work at the Chadron Record in 1964 in the
                            one-man news department where he wrote about everything.

                            In 1969, Marshall took on the role of full-time information and sports information director at CSC. Over the years, he’s accumulated reams of information, with scrapbooks of articles and folders of stats filling file cabinets at his college office and at The Chadron Record.

                            His work earned him an induction into the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame, as a contributor, in the fall of 2008. Edwards nominated him for the (citizen) honor. Edwards said he would have nominated Marshall prior to 2010, but Marshall was always suggesting other nominees.

                            Marshall works in the background to make sure others are recognized for their achievements.

                            Now “retired” from his position at CSC, Marshall still puts in more than 40 hours a week covering the triumphs and tribulations of area athletes at the high school and college levels and volunteering his time to the Kiwanis Club, the Gideons and his church.

                            As the son of Bob and the late Jeanette Marshall, he grew up south of Chadron on a registered Hereford ranch. He graduated from Chadron High School in 1959 and from Chadron State College in 1963.
                            Marshall married Peggy Galbreath of Crawford in 1965. The couple met in college — Con was a senior, and Peggy was a freshman.

                            “We took a honeymoon, and he had to get back to write stories for the paper. His work and his hobby are the same thing. He loves what he does. I gave up a long time ago trying to get him to not work so much.”

                            The Mari Sandoz Heritage Society is proud to have Con Marshall as one of our hard-working board members.

                            Last edited by Bill Burgess; 10-08-2012, 01:32 PM.


                            • Lester Edwin Cronin---AKA Ned Cronin

                              Born: May 4, 1910, Pendleton, OR
                              Died: August 19, 1958, Los Angeles, CA, age 48,---d. at Beverly Hills Doctor's Hospital of complications of a liver and kidney ailment.

                              Los Angeles sports editor;
                              Pendleton, OR, 9-year old, (January 2, 1920 census)
                              Los Angeles, CA, Newspaper, sports writer, (April 3, 1930 census)
                              Los Angeles, CA, Newspaper, sports editor, (May 1, 1940 census)
                              Los Angeles Daily News, 1935? - 1954
                              Los Angeles Times, sports columnist, 1954 - ?

                              Father: Lester Blain Cronin, born Oregon, around 1887; Mother: Clara LaVonne Boylen, born Oregon, around 1888; Wife: Harriet, born Oregon, around 1915; Ned married Clara November 15, 1937.

                              "Legendary sports editor and daily columnist Ned Cronin, one of the more literarily inclined sportswriters in L.A. journalism history."

                              --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------dressing up for Pinky Lee dress-alike contest.-----------------------------------------Oxnard Press-Courier obituary, August 20, 1958, pp. 11.

                              Ned Cronin / his son, Jerry Cronin.
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                              • Richard Trevor Brittenden---AKA Dick Brittenden

                                Born: 1919,
                                Died: June 10, 2002, Christchurch, New Zealand, age 82,

                                New Zealand sports writer / editor;
                                Christchurch Press, sports writer, 1938 - 1955, sports editor, 1955 - 1984

                                "He joined a sports department led by legendary sports editor Dick Brittenden, arguably the best sports writer in The Press' 126-year history."

                                Brittenden, Richard Trevor, MBE, died in Christchurch on June 10, 2002, aged 82. For as long as many could remember, he had been New Zealand's foremost cricket writer. The game, he once said, was his mistress and he had been passionate about it since his youth. Dick Brittenden joined the Christchurch Press in 1938 and, except during war service as a flying officer with the RNZAF, remained with the paper until his retirement in 1984; he was its sports editor from 1955. He covered New Zealand's 1953-54 tour of South Africa - relived vividly in his first book, Silver Fern on the Veld - and four tours of England, two of which took in India and Pakistan.

                                At first opposed to the Packer revolution of the 1970s, he came round to it because he felt that cricketers benefited. But he warned his countrymen against playing just for money: "The public's interest in our team's performances will diminish. We won't be a plucky little nation fighting the big guys any more."

                                Brittenden was also managing editor of the New Zealand Cricketer from its inception in 1967 to 1973, and for a time edited its successor, the Cricket Player, as well as contributing for more than 30 years to Wisden and The Cricketer. His first Wisden commission was the profile of Dick Motz for the Five Cricketers of the Year in 1966. The press box at Jade Stadium in Christchurch, formerly Lancaster Park, was named after him (he reported rugby there too), while the approach to the 17th green at Waitikiri Golf Club has been known as the Brittenden bypass ever since he holed it in one.

                                L-R: Jack Newman, Jack Phillips, Dick Brittenden.
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