Author Marty Podskoch discusses his Adirondack Stories books with Paul Larson. His books include legends, biographies, and historical sketches from the Adirondack region of northern New York State.
A retired reading teacher, Marty Podskoch is the author of Fire Towers of the Catskills: Their History and Lore (2000); Adirondack Fire Towers: Their History and Lore, the Southern Districts (2003); Adirondack Fire Towers: Their History and Lore, the Northern Districts (2005).
While gathering stories of the forest rangers and fire tower observers, he became fascinated with other aspects of the Adirondacks such as the logging and mining industries, the individualistic men who guided sportsmen, the hotels they stayed in, the animals, railroads, etc. When Sam Glanzman, a noted comic book illustrator, asked to work on a project with Marty in 2003, Marty suggested writing a weekly newspaper column, “Adirondack Stories,” that he would write and Sam would illustrate. Many newspapers in and around the Adirondacks began publishing the column. The author/illustrator team eventually decided the columns and illustrations should be published in book form. They comprise two volumes of Adirondack Stories.
Marty and his wife, Lynn, live in Colchester, CT where they are close to their family and two granddaughters, Kira and Lydia. He enjoys hiking in the nearby Salmon River Forest and is doing research on the CCC camps of the Adirondacks and Connecticut.
Adirondack Stories, Historical Sketches written by Marty Podskoch and illustrated by Sam Glanzman, was published in June 2007. The book contains 150 illustrated panels of Adirondack guides, hunters, hermits, hotels, writers, artists, photographers, explorers, lumbering, mining, tanneries, railroads, boats, sports, entertainers, and amusement parks.
Adirondack Stories II, 101 More Historical Sketches, written by Marty Podskoch & illustrated by Sam Glanzman, is the second book of illustrated “Adirondack Stories” that have appeared in newspapers during the past two years. It contains stories of hermits, forestry, hotels, summer camps, writers, artists, animals, mining, farming, canals, boats, sports, and amusement parks.