Michael Strauss (deceased)
Year Inducted: 2001
Born: July 13, 1912 New York City, NY
Died: October 11, 2008 Palm Beach, FL
According to his daughter, Ellen Boer, Michael Strauss was the oldest working sports writer in the world. He was 96 at the time of his death and was still writing stories. Working over 75 years in the field, he was first published in The New York Times and most recently in the Palm Beach Daily News as a sports columnist. During his 54 year career at the Times he was the ski editor for 25 years and is estimated to have written 1,600 ski stories.
He was the co-founder of the Eastern Ski Writer's Association and president for two years. He was also a regular contributor to SKIER Magazine and the author of Ski Areas USA. Strauss wrote about ski areas from Maine to California. He had a five-minute nightly ski talk for many years on radio station WQXR, New York. He would broadcast from wherever his travels took him, sometimes from telephone booths near highways.
Strauss covered the Winter Olympics at Squaw Valley, Grenoble, Innsbruck, Lake Placid and Calgary. He visited well over 100 North American ski areas, large and small, as well as resorts in Austria, Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Yugoslavia, Norway, Sweden, Chile and Scotland