He served as the play-by-play voice of the University of Georgia Bulldogs football team from 1955 through 1965 and was part of the inaugural Atlanta Falcons radio broadcast team along with Johnny Sauer on CBS Sports televised NFL coverage during the 1966 and 1967 seasons. He also served as the city editor for the Athens Banner-Herald and the sports director for WAGA (TV) in Atlanta, Georgia for 12 years. In 1975, Thilenius became the head of public relations for the Atlanta Flames NHL hockey team.
In 1960, Thilenius co-authored a book about Bulldogs football coach Wally Butts entitled No Ifs, No Ands, A Lot of Butts: 21 Years of Georgia Football. He is survived by three sons: Edward, Robert, and Jackson. Edward has one daughter, Ariel Thilenius. Robert has one son, Garrett Thilenius.
- Martin, Charles E. (1961). I've Seen 'Em All: Half Century of Georgia Football. Athens, Georgia: The McGregor Company. p. 75.
- Smith, Loran (October 15, 2004). "Gameday". Athens Banner-Herald. Retrieved 2007-03-31.
- Tryggestad, Erik (March 7, 1999). "Athens has a spirited newspaper background". Athens Banner-Herald. Retrieved 2007-03-31.
- Seagraves, Donnie. "The Story of the Marigold Festival". City of Winterville, Georgia. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-04-01.
- "People in Sports; O'Brien Cries 'Foul' On Oldfield Shot-Put". Sports (New York Times). May 14, 1975. p. 71.
- Thilenius, Ed; Jim Koger (1960). No Ifs, No Ands, a Lot of Butts: Twenty-one Years of Georgia Football. Atlanta, Georgia: Foote & Davies Company. LCCN 6015266.
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