Frank Elkins (deceased)
Year Inducted: 1974
Died: September 6, 1973 New York City, NY
The 45-year newspaper career of Frank Elkins produced an unprecedented flow of ski reporting, snow sports historical research and ski columnizing. At his death he had been Ski Editor of The Long Island Press for 18 years and earlier had spent 28 years on the sports staff of The New York Times. He was also a contributor to offical ski publications throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. Elkins' numerous contributions to ski sport were lauded by several Hall of Fame honored members.
Lowell Thomas stated, "Frank devoted his life to telling about what has been going on in the ski world. I suspect Frank did more than anyone else in his field to interest the American public in skiing... an almost unparalleled contribution."
W. Averill Harriman wrote to The Times in 1940 that "Mr. Elkins finally got across the excitement" of the sport to Americans. This was soon after Harriman had founded Sun Valley, Idaho.
Newspaper friends of Elkins often marveled at his speedy ski-story typing while simutaneously maintaining a machine-gun-like dialogue with anyone within range who wanted to discuss skiing. Sometimes the dialogue became a monologue as fascinated listeners heard a near stream of consciousness delivery that spanned five decades as if they had been minutes. When he said, casually, that he knew everyone in skiing he really did.
Norway awarded him its Medal of St. Olav in 1947 for his contributions to preserving the record of Norwegian skiing.