Series 780.01 - Travel Writing for the Financial Post

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Travel Writing for the Financial Post

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  • 1970 - 1989 (Creation)
    Oberdorf, Charles

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14 cm of textual records

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(February 25 1941 - September 16, 2011)

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Charles Donnell Oberdorf was born in Sunbury, Snyder County, Pennsylvania, to Don and Helen Oberdorf, née Potteiger on February 25th 1941. Oberdorf graduated from the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) with a BFA. Oberdorf’s first job after university was with CBS owned and operated WCAU-TV in Philadelphia for TV Ten Around Town, a local public affairs program, which set the tone for his life-long career as a writer/editor/author/producer and some-time on-air host. In 1966 Oberdorf was hired as a junior producer for the CBC’s This Hour has Seven Days show, and subsequently succeeded in carving out a distinguished career in Canada as a freelance journalist, who won numerous writing recognitions, including the U.S. Lowell Thomas Award and several Canadian National Magazine Awards. In 2008 he received the Canadian magazine industry award for “Outstanding Lifetime Achievement,” in recognition of a 30-year writing and editing career, that included the coordinating of a continuing education program comprised of 14 courses on various aspects of Magazine and Web Publishing for Ryerson University. During his freelance writing career, Oberdorf authored countless articles, edited three magazines, and published three commissioned books on the then-fledgling world of Microfinance. Oberdorf passed away on September 16th 2011.

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Born and raised in Germany, Mechtild Hoppenrath spent her formative years in Europe. She began her Canadian career in magazine journalism writing for a variety of national consumer publications, including regular columns in The Financial Post Magazine, Homemaker’s and The Globe and Mail’s ROB Magazine. With her husband, Charles Oberdorf, she was been a principal of The Oberdorf Partnership for more than 30 years, the partners providing editorial and corporate communication services, ranging from editorial writing to communications analysis and the development and implementation of strategic communications plans. Building on her educational background -- the German equivalents of an MA in Education and a double-major BA in French Literature and Fibre Art & Technology -- Mechtild Hoppenrath specialized in the fields of arts and culture, travel and lifestyle. As a public relations consultant she worked for German companies and government representations in Canada, on projects for University of Toronto institutes, Canadian not-for-profit and charitable institutions and for clients in retail and other private enterprise. She concluded her work in magazine journalism after seven years as editor of St. Michael’s, the alumni magazine of St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto. Fluent in English, French and German, she was a long-time bilingual judge for Canada’s Kenneth R. Wilson Awards for business and professional publications and, jointly with
her partner Charles Oberdorf, has won a number of writing awards herself, including the Lowell Thomas Award for Best Guidebook to North America, juried by the University of Missouri’s Department of Journalism. In her retirement she has resumed an art project her husband and she had embarked on
prior to his prolonged illness and eventual death in 2011. This venture involves the research and documentation of an Oberdorf family collection of mid-19th century water colour and ink images by American naïve painter JWM Chamberlain, whose artworks
reflect the social and political scene of the day in the United States.

[Toronto, March 2019 M, Hoppenrath]

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Series contains original drafts of various travel articles cowritten by Charles Oberdorf and Mechtild Hoppenrath, and commissioned by and published in Financial Post Magazine. Some article files include related correspondence. Many of the article drafts are heavily annotated. There are files for the following articles in this series:

Amsterdam - Shopping & Dining in Amsterdam
Alsace (& Best Meal)
Avon River
Bahamas By Windjammer
Burgenland Story
Castle Hotels Story
Danish Inn, the
Delta Queen - Rollin' on the River
Escaping Frankfurt
Florida - St. Johns - Disney World
Georgia's Barrier Islands
Dining in Halifax
The Hawaii Cruise
London Before Christmas
Madeira and Madeira's Madeira
Le Marais
Mexico - The Yucatan
Okanagan Valley
Ontario - Inn-to-Inn Cross Country Skiing
Ontario - Southwest
Orwell's England
Quebec: Farm Holiday
Queen Elizabeth II
Rothenburg - The Town That Drank Itself to Life
Santa Fe
Santiago de Compostela
St Moritz
Thinking About Traveling
Victoria British Columbia

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This series includes individual files for each article. These files are arranged across four folders and two boxes.

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