William T. Eldred (deceased)
Year Inducted: 1970
Born: February 16, 1913, Middlefield, New York;
Died: November 29, 1965, Hanover, NH
William Eldred was an editor and publisher, enriching the lives of many thousands of skiers as he projected his own love for the sport through the pages of his numerous publications. In 1938, he started Empire State Ski News and following mergers with Western Skiing, Ski Illustrated and Ski Sheet, emerged as the guiding genius of the national magazine named Ski. Under his helm, the magazine consistently strove to encourage the wholesome and the best in skiing. He was a strong advocate of ski safety urging honest research and study to increase equipment and slope safety. But it was his editorial prowess which contributed the most to the sport when he stated, "The editorial concept is based on one belief: that skiing is a national and international sport whose ken is limited only by the limits of snow itself. We refuse to recognize any territorial borders, whether state, sectional or continental."