A little-known fact about Blount: He was the press-box announcer and record keeper for the Cincinnati Bengals from their beginning in 1968 through 2008, missing only two home games in those 41 seasons.
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He worked for the Cincinnati Enquirer while earning a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Cincinnati, and later earned a master’s in history from Miami in 1965.
He taught high-school history in Hamilton for six years. In 1963, he started working full-time for the Journal-News, becoming the editor in the early 1970s. In 1986, he returned to teaching civics and history at Wilson Junior High School.
He was named Hamilton Citizen of the Year for 2005 and was Hamilton City Schools’ Teacher of the Year for 1991-1992. He also was inducted into the city school district’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004 and received the Butler County Historical Society’s Distinguished Historian Award in 2001.
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He also was Hamilton’s official historian, and wrote more than a dozen books about local history.
Richard O Jones, another Hamilton historian and former Journal-News employee, called Blount’s passing “a profound loss to Hamilton and Butler County. Not only did he have an unsurpassed knowledge of the history of the area, gleaned from a lifetime of research, he was generous in sharing the stories of Hamilton’s growth and in passing along his wisdom to make this a better place to live.”
Jones added: “I was always a little disappointed that our respective tenures at the Journal-News did not overlap.
“(Blount was) always very supportive and encouraging, always ready to answer a question, always ready to speak to the truth,” he said.
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Blount was born June 4, 1935, oldest of James and Julia (Mignerey) Blount’s five children. He was preceded in death by son Brian, who died in 1997.
Aside from his wife, he is survived by his daughter Lori, grandchildren James (Anabel) and Devin, great grandchildren Ella, Maya and Leo Shook. Siblings include Judy (Ron) Hartman and Jean (Bill) Eads of Hamilton, Jerry (Dorothy) Blount and Joyce Blount of Arizona.
Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Weigel Funeral Home. A short memorial service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Afterward, in a private ceremony, Blount will be buried at Rose Hill Cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to The Blount Family Scholarship, Miami University-Hamilton, 1601 University Blvd, Hamilton, OH 45011 or the Brian J. Blount Memorial Scholarship, Hamilton Community Foundation, 319 N. 3rd St., Hamilton, OH 45011.