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Eric Friedheim - 2001 Inductee


Travel Agent Magazine Eric Friedheim, former owner and retired Editor-in-Chief of Travel Agent magazine, was inducted into the National Tourism Foundation’s Hall of Fame during the National Tour Association’s Annual Convention in Houston Nov. 9-13, 2001. Friedheim, a graduate of American University in Washington, D.C., started his writing career as the Washington correspondent for the International News Service from 1931 to 1942. He joined the Army Air Corps in 1942, starting a long career of journalistic military service. He remained in the Air Force Reserve until age 60, retiring with the rank of Colonel. Friedheim was awarded the Air Medal for his participation in combat missions while on active duty. In civilian life, Friedheim served as the promotion and publicity officer for the National Aircraft Show staged by the aviation industry in Cleveland, Ohio in 1946. He also worked as advance representative for the National Freedom Train, which toured the United States from 1947-1949. In 1950, Friedheim worked as editor of Globe, the first weekly trade paper devoted to the U.S. travel industry. One year later, he became editor of and subsequently acquired Travel Agent magazine. He sold Travel Agent in 1978 but remained on as Editor-in-Chief until 1999. He wrote a regular industry editorial column for Travel Agent and served as Editor Emeritus until his death in June, 2002. Friedheim won several trade industry awards, including induction into the Travel Industry Hall of Fame. He has written three books: Fighters Up: The Official History of American Fighter Pilots in the Battle of Europe; Travel Agents: From Caravans and Clippers to Concorde; and Agents of Change, The Story of vacation.com.