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Arthur Frommer, who has published more than 180 travel guidebooks and magazines — from “Frommer’s Exploring America by RV,” to the consumer monthly, “Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel” — received the Distinguished Achievement in RV Journalism Award from the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) last week.
“You who are members of RVIA are among the few people in travel who can lay claim to a magnificent achievement,” Frommer said in accepting the award at the industry’s National RV Trade Show in Louisville. “You have led the world in creating a new form of vacationing — a unique American form of recreation. I’m very grateful that I’ve been able to play some small part in bringing attention of your industry to the public.”
Additionally, Izzy Bleckman, who was the primary cameraman for 15 years on Charles Kuralt’s RV odyssey “On the Road” received a special RVIA “Spirit of America” award.
Bleckman’s last assignment before retiring from CBS in May after 37 years was with CBS Sunday Morning correspondent Bill Geist, who took a three-week journey across the U.S. in a Fleetwood Pace Arrow.
“When I was told we would travel in a motorhome, it was like old times,” Bleckman said. “What a wonderful trip it was to finish my 37 years as a cameraman once again in an RV. Those trips gave me some of the most indelible memories.”