Sports Journo Bud Furillo Dies

Bud Furillo, whose career as a leading sports journalist in Southern California spanned half a century, has died. He was 80.

Nicknamed “”The Steamer”” because of his colorful and popular newspaper column, “”The Steam Room,”” Furillo died in his sleep Monday night or early Tuesday morning at an assisted living home in Ojai, son Andy Furillo said.

Furillo began his career as a news reporter at the Los Angeles Herald-Express in 1947 and moved over to the sports department the following year. He served a decade as sports editor of the paper, which became the Herald-Examiner in 1961 then ceased publication in 1989.

He worked for the paper until 1974, moving “”The Steam Room”” to sports talk radio and hosting a drive-time show on KABC-FM until 1987. He later did similar shows for other radio stations in the area. Furillo retired from broadcasting in 2000, but continued writing a column for the Ojai Valley News.

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