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Posted: Monday, March 12, 2007 12:00 am

Ken Brodnax was born and raised in San Angelo. He is a graduate of San Angelo Central High School and West Texas State University (now West Texas A&M University).

He began his newspaper career in 1968 as a summer intern with the Amarillo Globe-News and became a police and area reporter at the end of the internship.

He came to the Odessa American as a police reporter in July 1971 and took a position as a sportswriter in 1972. Brodnax was named sports editor in 1977. In 1982, he was named the first local page columnist for the American.

In 1987, he assumed additional duties as editorial page editor. Brodnax has won numerous awards for reporting, column writing and headline writing from the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors Association, the Texas Press Association and the Texas Sports Writers Association.

He is the author of "If Nax Can Write, Bubba Can, Too," a collection of columns about his fictional buddy, Bubba Gravelhauler, and "You know the Bloom is off the Boom When…," one-liners about growing old.

Brodnax was a key contributor to a book released in 2000 titled, "The Little Southwest Conference: Texas' Greatest High School Football Rivalry."

In 1996, he was honored as a Outstanding Community Statesman as part of the Awards For Excellence in Community Service sponsored by the Heritage of Odessa Foundation.

He wrote more than 4,100 columns during his career, writing as many as four times a week.

Ken Brodnax died Feb. 24, 2011, of liver cancer.

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