Ben Blackstock, manager of the Oklahoma Press Association for more than four decades died April 25, 2016. He was 90.
Ben graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1951 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He taught journalism and was director of public relations at Central State College in 1951-52, prior to being named Executive Vice President and Secretary-Manager of Oklahoma Press Association.
During his 44 years at OPA, he was the recipient of numerous professional honors, including OPA’s Milt Phillips Award, the Boy Scout Silver Beaver Award, OKC Ad Club Silver Medal, the FOI Oklahoma Marian Opala First Amendment Award and the National Newspaper Association Amos Award.
FOI Oklahoma annually honors Blackstock through the presentation of the Ben Blackstock Award for a person or organization that has shown a commitment to freedom of information.
In 1973, he was inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame. He also was named a distinguished graduate of the University of Oklahoma journalism school.

Blackstock's book "Nearly Famous" and the tabloid published for his retirement, "The Ben Years," is available for download below. "The Ben Years" is available as a complete tabloid as well as separated into three parts for your downloading convenience.