School Bus Fleet

August 2014

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the last word 68 S C H O O L B U S F L E E T • A U G U S T 2 0 1 4 SCHOOL BUS FLEET (ISSN 0036-6501) (USPS 483-800) is published monthly, except for May and November by Bobit Business Media, 3520 Challenger Street, Torrance, California 90503-1640. Periodicals postage paid at Torrance, California 90503-1640 and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to School Bus Fleet, P.O. Box 1068 Skokie, IL 60076-8068. Please allow 6 to 8 weeks for address changes to take effect. Subscription Prices - United States $25 per year; Canada $30 per year; Foreign $75 per year. Single copy price - $4; Fact Book - $25. Please allow 6 to 8 weeks to receive your first issue. Bobit Business Media reserves the right to refuse non-qualified subscriptions. Please address Editorial and Advertising correspondence to the Executive Offices at 3520 Challenger Street, Torrance, California 90503-1640. The contents of this publication may not be reproduced either in whole or in part without consent of Bobit Business Media. All statements made, although based on information believed to be reliable and accurate, cannot be guaranteed and no fault or liability can be accepted for error or omission. For your Information: We sometimes make our subscriber information (i.e. fax, e-mail or mailing address) available to carefully screened organizations whose products and services may be of interest to you. If you prefer not to have your information made available, please write School Bus Fleet, P.O. Box 1068 Skokie, IL 60076-8068. A lthough you may not have known him person- ally, Ed Bobit likely had an impact on your pupil transpor- tation career in some way. Ed, who was the founder and chairman of Bobit Business Me- dia, passed away on June 29 at age 86. Certainly his most well-known contribution to the school bus industry is the trade publication you're reading right now, SCHOOL BUS FLEET, but his efforts went beyond the printed page. SBF history Ed started his company, initially called Bobit Publishing, with an idea: There should be a magazine for vehicle feet man- agers at big companies. When his bosses at publishing giant McGraw-Hill turned down his pitch, Ed decided to strike out on his own, launching Automotive Fleet in 1961. A few years later, Ed bought a publica- tion called School Bus Transportation. The magazine had debuted under another name, School Bus Trends, in 1956. On the cover of the frst issue was the Miss Ameri- ca at the time, Sharon Kay Ritchie, perched on a 1956 Wayne Superamic school bus. After Ed acquired the magazine, he relaunched it in 1965 as SCHOOL BUS FLEET with a new look and vision. In the decades since then, the Bobit company has been distributing SBF to tens of thousands of pupil transportation managers to keep them informed and to help them succeed in their critical mission of safely transport- ing students. Supporting NAPT Beyond his pioneering in trade magazine publishing, what you may not know about Ed is the vital role he played in the National Asso- ciation for Pupil Transportation (NAPT). In fact, Ed was a crucial fgure in the survival of NAPT in its ear- ly years. In 1977, his fnancial as- sistance allowed the association to hold its third annual conference. That same year, Ed was named executive director of NAPT. In 1999, he was inducted into the NAPT Hall of Fame for his contri- butions to the industry. Mike Martin, the longtime executive di- rector of NAPT, emphasizes Ed's impor- tance in the association's history and in the school bus industry in general. "There would be no NAPT without Ed Bobit. Period," Martin says. "There are thousands of people in our organization and in our industry that owe him an eter- nal debt of gratitude, including and espe- cially me." Greatly grateful Personally and professionally, I'm also greatly indebted to Ed — or, as many called him, "Coach." I've had the privilege of being a part of the Bobit Business Media family for the past 33 years. Thanks to the opportunities that Ed pro- vided for me (and countless other Bobit staff members over the years), I've had a long, rewarding career in both the publish- ing business and the bus industry. Ed's infuence reached across multiple industries and touched innumerable trans- portation professionals, vehicle manufac- turers, magazine editors, publishers and many more. He will be greatly missed by all of them, especially me. By Frank Di Giacomo, VP, Bus and Rail/Publisher sbf@bobit.com How Ed Bobit impacted pupil transportation Beyond his pioneering in trade magazine publishing, Ed was a crucial fgure in the survival of NAPT in its early years.

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