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Timeline

* 1950-1960’s- Family auto  trips as a child.

* 1970’s – “Education” – College and law school.

* 1970’s – Off the beaten path trips abroad and a subsequent desire to discover North America in a similar fashion.

* Early 1980’s – Already a frustrated lawyer, Eric becomes a frustrated traveler – unable to  procure information and experience the type of trips described by Charles Kuralt (“On the Road”) or Garrison Keillor (“Lake Wobegon”).

* 1986 – Founding of Weekends on the Road (WOTR), an events(festivals) – accommodations information service…Media exposure tied into an 800 telephone line to a travel agent friend…listings in a “Road Companion” book from data-bases of festivals, b&b’s/inns, other places of interest and background readings.

* 1986 – Establishment of “Weekend on the Road” calendars for radio and TV (First at WCIT-Lima, OH, then at WGN-Chicago, WNYC-New York, WNEW-TV-New York and CBS This Morning)

* 1987 – Establishment of “Weekends on the Road-Canada” data-base, travel club and publications.

* 1988 – Data-base is made available to travel and media companies in the pre-internet era as “Events Online” – clients include Prodigy Information Services, Quantum (forerunner to AOL), Official Airlines Guide (AOL), Bell Canada, Western Union, Regional Bell Companies, Chevrolet, Sesame Street Productions and others.

* 1988-89 – Partnerships with American Airlines and Compuserve to create “Eventsamerica Trip Lists”.

* 1989 – Publication of Beyond the Interstate: Discovering the Hidden America (John Wiley).

* 1989 – 1990 – Member of Recreational Roundtable and Scenic Byways programs (Recreation Industry Association).

* 1989-1991 – Syndicated column – “Around America” (Tribune Media Services)

* 1989- 1993 – Weekly correspondent of Weekends on the Road radio segment on “Road Across America” on WOAI – clear channel station broadcasting out of San Antonio, reaching 38 states during its overnight and early morning broadcasts.

* 1991-93 – Partner of “Hidden America Group”, which provided technical assistance and consulting services to communities, Main Street programs and more – many along the old U.S. Route 66 and in New Mexico (Forerunner to “Smart Community Narrative” consulting).

* 1993-94 – Earned certificate in Sponsorship and Event marketing from N.Y.U. (School of Continuing Education) – combined with prior legal degree would provide the foundation for Lifestyle Marketing and Lifestyle Marketing Law services.

* 1995-96 – Taught Lifestyle Marketing Law at N.Y.U. (School of Continuing Education)

* 1995-2000 – “Hidden America Partnership” – Advertising and promotional campaign – partnered with USA Today and Dodge (then later with Chevrolet)

* 1995 – Lecturing and teaching through the National Trust for Historic Preservation and New Jersey Main Street program

* 1997 – Launching of hiddenamerica.com

* 2003 – Earned Main Street Certificate from N.J. Dept. of Community Affairs (forerunner to “Smart Community Narrative” Planning).

* 2004- 2013 – Hidden America correspondent on SIRIUS-XM Radio (What would become “Journeys into Hidden America” – podcasts continue)

* 2007 – “Conversations on the Road” podcasts launched.

* 2008 – “Beer America” radio segments started on SIRIUS-XM Radio (What would become “Journeys into Beer”).

* 2009-2013 – “Journeys into Hockey” segments on SIRIUS-XM Radio (Podcasts continue).

* 2009 – Blogs added (Eric on the Road, Journeys into Hidden America, Journeys into Canada, Journeys into Hockey, et. al.)

* 2009 – Journeysintohiddenamerica.com launched.

* 2009 – “Journeys into Hidden America” on SIRIUS-XM Radio sponsored by Heritage Nebraska.

* 2010 – “Journeys into New Jersey” launched via New Jersey Newsroom

* 2011 – Local “Journeys Into” launched (Journeys into River Edge/Journeys into Oradell) @ PATCH

* 2012 – “Journeys into New Jersey” on NJTVonline.org

* 2013 – Eric Model’s Blog launched

* 2015 – Launching of revamped Journeysinto.com,  ericlmodel.com, Journeys into on the Air, “Smart Narrative Strategies” & “Build A Journey Services & Strategies”

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