Hall of Fame Class of 1977
Information submitted to the U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame by “Red” Carruthers, Hall of Fame Committee.
This quiet, gracious man of letters gave 18 years of distinguished service on the editing and publishing of the house organ of The Eastern Ski Bulletin or Skier Magazine as it was later known, stood out as one of the outstanding publications of any sports association in America.
Born in Hanover, New Hampshire on December 18, 1908, Enzo Serafini went through the Hanover school system. He then graduated from the University of New Hampshire (in 1931) with a split business, economics and journalism degree.
Serry, as he was known throughout New England, quickly established himself as a versatile writer with the old Boston-Herald-Traveler. He was later to do a stint with the Foster’s Daily Democrat.
During 1955, his first year as editor of the Eastern Ski Bulletin, he quickly learned that the Eastern Ski Association is a highly diversified group, each with its own interest in some particular phase of skiing. Completely satisfying everyone is nigh impossible but Serry came extremely close.
Serafini’s forthright approach to people, coupled with sincere and warm charm, brought forth a bevy of feature writing talent who responded and produced regularly more as a favor to him than for monetary benefit. These writers included: Mike Strauss, ski editor of the New York Times, Frank Elkins of the Long Island Press and Hall of Famer and Sir Arnold Lunn, developer of the modern slalom and writer of the first alpine racing rules. Other feature writers included Tap Goodenough, Emily Williams, Jay Hanlon and Red Carruthers.
Serry was also able to establish and maintain a warm rapport between the publication and the ski area operators of the east and they constantly fed in information and releases on ski area development and events pertinent to the amateur skier. These feature stories, along with ski area news, were blended skillfully with association news, specialized ski columns and committee notes to make one of the best sports association periodicals.
Perhaps the true worth, character and standing of a man lies in how much his opinions and talents are sought by others not necessarily in the same field. Examples would include: the State of New Hampshire naming him Chairman of the State Historical Commission, placed him on the State Historical Preservation Board and named him to the New Hampshire Commission for the American Revolution Bicentennial; his being an authority on the American Indian (particularly New England tribes and the French-Indian War due to his deep interest in researching the truth; requests to announce at numerous horse events due to his vast knowledge of horses and horsemanship and receiving a letter of commendation for excellence from President Eisenhower for his work in writing a script for a pageant honoring New Hampshire’s Old Man of the Mountain; receipt of the coveted Sullivan Medal for his work editing a book, Three Centuries of Free Masonry in New Hampshire.
But a man must have roots somewhere. Together with his wife, Essle, they operated The Homestead Inn in Sugar Hill, New Hampshire where their daughter, Barbara grew up and matured.
Perhaps the simple eloquence of Serafini can best be summed up by the line on the bottom of the Homestead Inn stationery: “Food for the Hungry and Rest for the Weary Since 1802.”
Enzo Serafini was elected to the U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame in 1977.
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