Arthur Rense

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Arthur F. Rense (1916 — 1990) was a sports journalist for the Los Angeles Daily News[1] and the director of public relations for Howard R. Hughes' Summa Corporation.[2]

Biography[edit]

Arthur Frederick Rense was born 20 May 1916 in Cleveland, Ohio, to Austrian-Italian immigrant parents, Joseph Rense and his wife, the former Rosalia Luther.[3][4] He had six siblings, including four brothers, Randy, Andy, Frank, and William.[1] After graduating from Ohio State University with a degree in English, Rense served in the United States Coast Guard during World War II.

Career[edit]

Rense moved to Los Angeles after World War II and joined the original Los Angeles Daily News as a sportswriter. In 1954 he joined United Press as a reporter, and later went on to publish and edit a magazine group that included "The Art Rense Sports Book: Professional Football", the first magazine devoted exclusively to professional football.[1]

Between 1959 and 1974 Rense handled public relations for the Douglas Aircraft Company, Missiles and Space division (pre-McDonnell-Douglas) [2] [3]. In the mid-1970s Rense became public relations specialist for Harvey Mudd College [4], and later collaborated with football great Tom Harmon on Tom Harmon's Football Today in Las Vegas.[1] After that Rense worked on public relations for hotels in Las Vegas owned by the Summa Corporation, mainly the Desert Inn.[1]

Marriages[edit]

Rense was married three times:

Death[edit]

Arthur F. Rense died of leukemia at the age of 74 on 28 December 1990 in Las Vegas, Nevada.[2]

Arthur Rense Prize[edit]

In 1998, Rense's widow, Paige, established the Arthur Rense Prize in poetry, presented by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The award, given triennally, provides $20,000 to an exceptional poet.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Art Rense
  2. ^ a b Arthur F. Rense obituary
  3. ^ Birth date cited in Social Security Death Index, access on ancestry.com, 16 October 2010
  4. ^ Parents' names cited in brother William A. Rense's obituary, published in the Estes Park (Colorado) Trail-Gazette on 3 April 2008
  5. ^ American Academy of Arts and Letters - List of awards