ARDEN X. PANGBORN – KGW-KEX GENERAL MANAGER

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    Arden Lester Pangborn was born February 2, 1907 in Burr Oak, Kansas to Bessie Lee (Blake) and Quincy June Pangborn. Arden had an older sister: Alene Hortense and a younger sister: Marjorie Lucille. Quincy was a warehouseman. In 1911 Arden knew he wanted to be a writer. In 1912 the family moved to Tillamook, Oregon. By 1920 the Pangborn family moved to Portland.

    On May 7, 1922 Arden Pangborn, 15 years old, began as a cub reporter at The Oregonian newspaper, writing high school sports stories through 1924. In 1925 Arden graduated from Commerce High School where he and Don McLeod founded the campus newspaper “The Blotter.”

    In 1926 Arden began using “X’ as his middle initial while writing for magazines. The “X” didn’t stand for anything. Arden said “When I started writing detective stories Arden Pangborn seemed a pretty barren byline. So, to round it out and impress the editors, I put the “X” in.”

    On November 9, 1928 it was announced Arden X. Pangborn was now University of Oregon editor of the “Daily Emerald” newspaper, after being sports editor. In June 1929 Arden X. Pangborn graduated from University of Oregon. In July 1929 Arden returned to The Oregonian as a general staff reporter. On October 6, 1931 first mention of Arden’s nickname at The Oregonian “Pang.”

    On June 25, 1932 Arden Lester Pangborn, 25, married 22 year old Marie B. Mathison. On November 1, 1933 Arden X. Pangborn was appointed Oregonian, City Editor. By April 1936 Pangborn was Oregonian, Executive News Editor. On September 19, 1938 Arden X. Pangborn became Oregonian, Managing Editor.

    On October 31, 1939 Pang & Marie welcomed son Kim Arden Pangborn. By March 1940 the family was living at: 1395 N.E. Euclid Ave. In July 1940 the Pangborn family moved to: 1475 S.W. Cardinell Drive where Pang & Marie would live through 1980 and possibly for the rest of their lives.

    On February 22, 1941 it was announced Arden X. Pangborn would become Managing Director of The Oregonian stations KGW & KEX. Pang would resign his newspaper post. On March 24 1941 Pang & Marie welcomed daughter Mary Alice Pangborn. By May 1943 Pangborn was KGW-KEX General Manager. On November 28, 1944 Pang became KGW General Manager when The Oregonian sold KEX to Westinghouse.

    On February 6, 1946 Arden X. Pangborn returned to The Oregonian newspaper as Business Manager, leaving KGW Radio. On January 24, 1951 it was announced Arden X. Pangborn would become Vice-President & General Manager of WOAI Radio & WOAI-TV San Antonio, Texas. In 1952 and again in 1953 Pangborn was elected Secretary-Treasurer of the N.B.C. Television Affiliates Association.

    On September 29, 1953 it was announced Arden X. Pangborn would return to Portland and become The Oregon Journal, Editor & Vice-President. On December 31, 1971 Pang became a consulting Editor for The Oregon Journal. On January 31, 1972 Arden X. Pangborn retired from The Oregon Journal.

    On April 11, 1986 Pang’s sister Marjorie Lucille Blake died at age 76. On November 1, 1995 Pang’s sister Alene Hortense Pangborn died at age 90. On October 31, 1997 Pang’s wife Marie B. Pangborn passed away at age 88.

    On April 13, 1998 Arden Lester Pangborn passed away at age 91. At his request there were no services.

    References: The Oregonian, The San Antonio Light.

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