Lola Akinmade, a new NATJA member who lives in Sweden, needs online votes to qualify for a June 2011 trip to the North Pole with Quark Expeditions. A widely-published writer and photographer, Akinmade [www.lolaakinmade.com] is soliciting votes for her trip at http://www.blogyourwaytothenorthpole.com/entries/15.
The tour company will pick the winner from among five finalists. Akinmade was part of that group at the beginning of December. “The Arctic Quark expedition is in my backyard and I would really love to represent NATJA as a travel writer and photographer,” she told The Wayfarer. Quark Expeditions is sending a writer to the North Pole to provide regular and engaging reports on the tour . . .
Another new NATJA member, Diana G. Armstrong of Littleton, CO is the author of Somewhere South of Tuscany, published earlier this year. The book may be viewed on her website www.DianaGArmstrong.com . . .
Fairleigh Dickinson University’s International School of Hospitality & Tourism Management has created the Ron Kapon Wine Library to house more than 4,000 books, magazines, and papers donated by long-time member Ron Kapon of Manhattan. The co-author of the FDU / New York Times On-Line Wine Course, he has taught the wine and spirit classes for the past 15 years. Contact him at www.ronkapon.com . . .
NATJA president emeritus Dan Schlossberg of Fair Lawn, NJ has agreed to write three columns, including travel and history, for the Yahoo! Sports online magazine that debuted January 10. He has also been invited to speak at Foley’s, a baseball-themed Irish pub in Manhattan, during a January 29 day-long event co-sponsored by the Society for American Baseball Research and Baseball Prospectus.
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