School Bus Fleet

August 2014

A management & maintenance magazine for school transportation fleets

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industry news 11 A U G U S T 2 0 1 4 • S C H O O L B U S F L E E T Ed Bobit, founder and chairman of Bobit Business Media, which pub- lishes Automotive Fleet, School Bus Fleet and many other media brands, passed away on June 29 at the age of 86. Last summer, Bobit had undergone valve-replacement surgery and had been working primarily from home. He died peacefully in his sleep. Bobit's professional career began in sales with Dow Chemical in Mid- land, Michigan, with a later transfer to Chicago. There, his interests turned to publishing, and he was a sales man- ager for McGraw-Hill for seven years before starting his own company, ini- tially called Bobit Publishing, with Au- tomotive Fleet magazine in 1961. Over the next 53 years, Bobit grew the business (now with headquar- ters in Torrance, California) to include more than 20 magazines as well as various trade shows and websites in the automotive, protection and beau- ty felds. Bobit was regarded as an icon in the feet industry, and he received many awards and accolades. For example, he was inducted into the Fleet Hall of Fame in 2009. In the school bus world, he was credited for his vital support of the National Association for Pupil Trans- portation (NAPT) in its early years (see editorial on pg. 68). He was inducted into NAPT's Hall of Fame in 1999. Bobit was fondly called "Coach" due to his warmth, his wealth of knowledge, his desire to share infor- mation and his willingness to mentor. He mentored many publishing pro- fessionals in his long career, and he in- spired many feet professionals with his advocacy for the industry. The original idea for Automotive Fleet grew out of his notion that there were not enough resources for the men and women who managed large feets. Bobit was a man of outsize plea- sures, but none more than his work and family, which were usually one and the same. Ed's son, Ty, runs the company (Ed had turned over the CEO mantle to Ty in 2007), and his el- dest grandson, Blake, joined the com- pany in 2010. Bobit was raised in St. Louis, Mich- igan, became an Eagle Scout, and at- tended Michigan State University, where he participated in football and wrestling. His college education was interrupted with two years in the U.S. Navy. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Bonnie. He is survived by his sister, Rose Marie McQuaid; his son, Ty; daughters Barbara Jusseau- me, Beverly Jacobson, Beth Edwards and Bobi Jo Banas; 14 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. For more information and photos, go to and click on the "Edward J. Bobit" banner. NEW REGULATIONS ARE COMING! THE COUNTDOWN TO DECEMBER 2015 HAS BEGUN... STRENGTH Energy-absorbing frame, fne-adjustment teeth and new high-strength webbing come together in a self-tensioning design that is ready for the countdown. See ALL the Great Features at: 3 6 0 F E A T U R E C O U N T D O W N # 2 Meets the Requirements of WC18 and is compatible with WC19 Wheelchairs Ed Bobit blazed own path in publishing Ed Bobit, founder and chairman of Bobit Business Media, which publishes School Bus Fleet and many other media brands, passed away on June 29.

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