I could tell Jeff Blumenfeld was a go-getter the moment he walked into the Syracuse New Times office oh so many years ago. He had the moxie of a Catskills comic (after all, he’s from Monticello, capital of the Borscht Belt) and an insatiable desire to write. He threw so many ideas at me that all I had to say was, “Why not?” And so Jeff took New Times readers to the MONY Weather Star, the Simmons School of Embalming, a Thruway toll booth, Yasgur’s Farm and on the trail of missing Syracuse University freshman Karen Levy. Jeff could tell a story, and do it with style and a touch of humor.
That storytelling ability is evident in You Want to Go Where? How to Get Someone to Pay for the Trip of Your Dreams (Skyhorse Publishing), Jeff’s new book. While primarily a primer for adventurers interested in finding corporate sponsorship and funding for daring expeditions, Jeff’s experiences in putting together such partnerships have resulted some lively anecdotes that make these lessons seem more human. It’s a well-organized, fast and light read–and I’m not just saying that because Jeff mentioned me in the acknowledgments.
In addition to running his own public relations agency, Jeff is editor and publisher of Expedition News, a monthly review of significant expeditions, research projects and newsworthy adventures distributed online and by mail.