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March 18, 2000

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Bob Hentzen, who recently retired after nearly 40 years as a columnist and editor in Topeka, died Friday after collapsing at a golf course with what appeared to be a heart attack.

Hentzen, 67, wrote more than 8,500 columns for Topeka’s daily newspapers.

``Sports fans have lost one of the most respected newspaper voices of our time, and The Capital-Journal has lost one of the legends of sports journalism,″ said Pete Goering, executive editor of the newspaper. ``For those of us who read his daily columns for 38 years, Bob was more than a sports writer, he was like family.″

A native of Seward, Neb., Hentzen worked at the Tulsa World, Daily Oklahoman and the Oklahoma City Times before coming to Topeka in 1958 to work at The Topeka Daily Capital and Topeka State Journal.

Hentzen retired from The Topeka Capital-Journal on March 1, 1996, but continued to write a weekly column for the sports page until November.

Hentzen was voted Kansas sports writer of the year 15 times by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. Hentzen was president of both the United States Basketball Writers Association of America and the Football Writers Association of America.

In 1990 he was inducted into the USBWA Hall of Fame, and in 1996 he received the Curt Gowdy Media Award presented by the Basketball Hall of Fame. In 1993, he received the Bert McGrane Award presented by the Football Writers Association.

Hentzen is survived by his mother and sister. Funeral services were pending.

Robert Sosnick

DETROIT (AP) _ Robert Sosnick, whose real estate company developed the Palace of Auburn Hills, died Thursday following a lengthy illness, his family said. He was 66.

Sosnick co-owned Palace Sports & Entertainment, whose holdings include the Tampa Bay Lightning hockey team, the Tampa Bay Ice Palace, the Palace of Auburn Hills, the Detroit Vipers hockey team and the Pine Knob Music Theatre.

A former trustee of New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art, Sosnick also was co-chairman of the Jewish Fund and a board member at Temple Israel in West Bloomfield Township.

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