TRAVEL EDITOR BOB SCHULMAN

1933 - 2017

Before Watchboom.com travel editor Robert M. Schulman, 84, passed away on Thursday, December 28th, 2017, he turned in his final story for the January 2018 issue. He was the ultimate professional, never missed a deadline and found the positive side to every travel destination he wrote about over his career.

For nearly 9 years Bob authored several stories a month for Watchboom.com readers capturing the essence of endless ports of call and resorts worldwide. Marketing agencies promoting specific destinations had heard of Bob and he was top on their lists to attract to stay at and write about these new vacation destinations.

Bob was an interesting choice. He wasn’t one to check in and then head to the course to hit a round of 18 holes. He didn’t want to swing on a zip line over a rushing river. He didn’t particularly like spicy food. No. Bob appreciated each place he toured for what it was at face value before the modern-day tourism manufacturers shined the place up in an amusement park fashion featuring an exhausting list of personal adventure opportunities or spa experiences.

Bob was a true journalist. He dug into the history and legacy of the little towns and large weaving fascinating tales of the forefathers that got there first. His tales of pirates meeting indigenous royals and more captured the essence of any territory he visited. And his stories inspired thousands upon thousands of readers in the New York Times, Huffington Post and Watchboom (plus another dozen-plus travel journals) to book reservations of their own. Bob’s fans wanted to experience the coastline from Bob’s point of view.

Over his long and illustrious career, Bob was the energy behind multiple airlines. In 1993 when he was 60, he was one of the principal founders of “the new” Frontier Airlines. He served as the airline's Vice President of Corporate Communications until he retired in 2000. He possessed the title of #4 Free Fly status at Frontier out of all the other thousands of airline folks. That status got him to places around the globe that deserved being featured in a travel story. For 17 years he specialized in Mexican and Caribbean destinations  probably traveling two out of four weeks a month in search of the next great travel destination.

Bob made travel to anywhere an adventure. By air or car. He drove a BMW 280Z convertible with the top down when weather cooperated. He penned entertaining historic articles on the early days of airlines when men were men and never a flight attendant. He wrote about the evolution of plane travel in such a way that you can almost hear him reminiscing with a chuckle. Those were days, he said. Not the days, but were. It has a whole different meaning and Bob knew how to use words to convey thought and thoughtfulness.

Before Frontier he was a public relations executive for Reno Air and before that for an earlier version of Frontier, Eastern Airlines and Mohawk Airlines. He was born on February 8, 1933, in Brooklyn, New York and as a teen grew up in Malibu, California then still a campground and escape for notably famous actors and actresses. It took an hour on the bus each day and each way to get to the nearest high school The ride offered a view of the world very few people had witnessed and who knows, maybe it factored into Bob’s passion for writing about his travels, putting his view on the world into words that readers looked forward to each month.

He graduated from California State University at Long Beach and served in the U.S. Army in Korea during the Korean War. He was a member of the Society of American Travel Writers.

Bob is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years Rose Marie Schulman of Denver and his two sons, Michael and Anthony, both of Denver. Per Bob's request, no services or memorial gatherings are planned. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

See Bob’s final story about Macau in this issue of Watchboom.com.

WatchBoom.com's Travel Destinations for the Month of January 2018

HIDE AWAY AT VILLA MANZU

HIDE AWAY AT VILLA MANZU

Travel writer Anne Z. Cooke settles into Costa Rica’s Dream Home, a private mansion on the exclusive Papagayo Peninsula—more than a boutique hotel.

Winter Wonderland Weekend

Winter Wonderland Weekend

Mont Tremblant is where you can use the French language you studied in junior high and the skills on the slopes you earned over decades. Travel writer Carole Jacobs details 48 hours in Quebec.

WHAT THOR ATE

WHAT THOR ATE

Viking meals in Iceland are fierce and adventurous, hearty broth involving sausages, assorted lamb parts, and ram's testicles. Travel writer Yvette Cardozo confides her favorite is Puffin.

Pirates give way to one-armed bandits in Macau

Pirates give way to one-armed bandits in Macau

There’s a place on the south China coast where some four dozen opulent casinos rake in five times the revenues of Las Vegas. At one resort, you can rest up from a hard day at the tables for as much as $100,000 – yes, that’s 100,000 U.S. smackers – a night. Of course that includes comped use of a chauffeured Rolls Royce Phantom.

ICELAND PHOTO TOUR

ICELAND PHOTO TOUR

There’s a lot to be said about Iceland, but sometimes pictures simply do the job. Yvette Cardozo captures volcanoes, trolls, quaint villages on her cell phone.

TORA TORREY

TORA TORREY

Torrey Pines will host its PGA Tour stop in a couple of weeks. Tee it up here year around. David R. Holland, author of the Colorado Golf Bible, lays it up for a great game.

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