Harry Kaiser, longtime editor of Skiing magazine, dies at 91
Harry Kaiser was still near the water. Sometimes this water was salty. Sometimes he was frozen.
Kaiser, who grew up in Baldwin, was digging clams in the summer.
A career in ad sales led Kaiser to become the editor of Skiing magazine, a title he held for 27 years. He was such a legend in the skiing and publishing industry that he was inducted into the 2015 Class of the US Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame.
After retiring in 1996, Kaiser and his wife, Carolyn, moved full time to Captiva Island, Florida.
At the time of his death on October 23 at the age of 91, Kaiser was commissioner of the Captiva Erosion Prevention District, a beach and shoreline preservation district in Florida.
It’s a job he started in 2008 and continued until his death, his daughter Carolyn Kaiser Ekstrom said.
“He’s been enjoying life to the fullest, to say the least,” said Kaiser Ekstrom, a resident of Rockville Center. “He remained very active, even until last week when he was at work. He did what he loved and he always did it with such glee. He was always such a positive person.”
The Kaisers, who married in 1955, lived in Rockville Center and raised five children – four girls and a boy.
After graduating from Fordham University, Kaiser served in the military before returning to Long Island and getting his first job at a company that printed Yellow Pages phone books, according to a 2016 profile in Newsday.
This led to Kaiser’s career in ad sales. He was so prolific there that in 1969 he was appointed editor of Skiing magazine.
An occasional skier, Kaiser has really started to hit the slopes.
“He was a limited skier before,” said Kaiser Ekstrom. “My mom and his family introduced him to skiing, but when he got his first job in publishing and got hired by Skiing magazine, that’s where his love for skiing really grew. . He actually became a very good skier. “
In the 1980s, when Skiing magazine was sold to Times Mirror, Kaiser ran the entire magazine division, which included Skiing magazine and its former competitor, Ski magazine, which then absorbed Skiing.
Kaiser’s first name was Henry, but his name was still “Harry”. He told Newsday in 2016 that he had called himself “Henry” twice. One was during his time in the army. The other was when he was introduced at his Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Kaiser recalled that his former colleagues all laughed and said, “Who is this?”
But everyone in the ski world and in the publishing industry knew who he was. The Kaisers were called “The First Skiing Family” in his Hall of Fame biography.
Justin Koski, executive director of the Hall of Fame, said in a statement: “Harry was an iconic journalist and had one of the biggest microphones in all of skiing early on. He also knew how to use his loud voice to attract more people. . to see the sport of skiing. Ski magazine was what people expected to get passionate about skiing. Harry was for skiing in the 70’s and 80’s what action videos and promotional clips are on the internet for skiers and today’s snowboarders who generate excitement while waiting for the snow to cover the slopes. Harry was a legend. “
Besides his daughter, Kaiser is survived by his wife; his son, Henry (Hank) Kaiser of Remsenburg; three other daughters, Lorrie Kaiser Rainis of Rockville Center, Cindy Kaiser of Captiva Island and Catherine Castelli of Riverside, Connecticut; his sister Marie Burns of Southold; 10 grandchildren, Coral, Cie Lorraine, Bradford, Christof, Hunter, Henry, Cameron, Jackson, Harrison and Kiley; and four great-grandchildren, Tech, Blaise, Luna and Ava.
A memorial service and celebration of life will take place in the spring. On the beach, of course.