Jim Fox - 2013

A newspaper career that spans 65 years is an accomplishment in itself, but Jim Fox did it by writing a column even after he retired from the Post-Dispatch. After a stroke destroyed his ability to type, he dictated the columns to his wife and daughter.

He began his work in St. Louis at the Star-Times, moving to the Post and, after retirement, the Suburban Journals. He often joked that his variety of jobs, including that of the Post’s readers’ advocate, “indicate they never knew what to do with me.”

While many journalists appreciated him for his advocate’s work, it was the folksiness of his columns that endeared Jim Fox to his legions of readers.