Hall Adds Writing Seminar to Induction Day

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June 30, 2014 by   Comments Off on Hall Adds Writing Seminar to Induction Day

Al Hasselbart

Al Hesselbart

A new feature has been added to the agenda for the Class of 2014 Induction Dinner day activities on Aug. 4.

A 2 1/2-hour seminar, entitled “Write Your RV/MH Story!” is scheduled to begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. at the Hall of Fame facility in Elkhart, Ind. According to a press release, the seminar is designed to help RV and manufactured housing industry pioneers write more effective biographies or corporate/business stories.

The instructors for the seminar are two of the most prolific authors in the RV and MH industries: Al Hesselbart, RV/MH Hall of Fame historian and author of “The Dumb Things Sold,” a history of the RV industry in America; and George Allen, author of “all the books in print” about manufactured housing and land-lease-lifestyle communities.

Allen noted, “The thought behind all this is to encourage RV/MH industry pioneers, businessmen and women, to record their personal and corporate stories and histories, with an eye to sharing with friends, family, employees, or even the RV/MH library at the Hall.”

The first hour of the seminar will deomonstrate how to write a memoir or autobiography as a legacy exercise, to preserve a person’s personal, or corporate career in the RV or MH business.

The second hour will cover how to write a corporate story or history, preserving a company’s legacy or for use as a marketing tool when educating prospective clients about his or her RV or MH products and services.

George Allen

George Allen

Hesselbart said, “In the past few years we have lost some of our industries’ most important pioneers, and unfortunately, they had never written down their stories, so those stories are lost forever.  We hope this seminar will both encourage people to write their histories and inspire them sit down and start putting their stories on paper.

“We also hope they will consider using the RV/MH library as a repository for their stories.”

Hall Chairman Barry Cole said, “The induction day activities begin at 7 a.m. with the annual RV/MH Hall of Fame Golf Classic at Bent Oak Golf Club in Elkhart, followed that evening by the Induction Dinner at the Hall starting at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail party. During the day, all the features of the Hall will be open to those who registered for the induction dinner, including the museum, hall of fame and library.

“We believed that since many of those who plan to attend will not be playing in the morning’s golf event, we wanted to offer them an alternative activity – and that’s why we decided to add this helpful seminar to the schedule of events.”

The cost for the seminar is $44.95 per person; however, if the attendee is also signed up for the Induction Dinner, the cost will be reduced to only $29.95.

Allen added, “The seminar is well worth the cost and the handouts alone are worth the price.”

To register for the “Write Your RV/MH Story!” seminar call 317-346-7156 (PMN Publishing) or sign up at the door on the day of the seminar.

To sign up online for the Induction Dinner and Golf Tournament, or to become a sponsor, visit

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