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   Vol. 15  No. 49
Monday June 27, 2016

Richard Malkin Is 103 Years Young Today

Richard Malkin Is 103
Richard Malkin at The Reichstag Berlin, 1948. Malkin’s coverage of The Berlin Airlift (1948-49) invented modern air cargo journalism.

Richard Malkin     FlyingTypers’ Senior Contributing Editor Richard Malkin turns 103 years young today June 27, 2016.
     Richard holds the unique distinction of being the only air cargo reporter you can still talk to who covered the Berlin Airlift; with that one act, he practically invented air cargo journalism.
     Dick has lived and outlived almost everybody he has ever written about.
     He was the first air cargo editor in the first air cargo publication Air Transportation, founded in New York City in 1942.
     For us, who love this man for all his seasons of air cargo, June 27th is a shared celebration—exciting, hopeful, wonderful—and by any measure, a really big deal.

Dawn Of An Era

     Richard Malkin has stated that he entered into air cargo as a way “to buttress his bank account” until he could move on to something he loved.
     In fact, at the time he covered the Berlin Airlift in 1948 for the aforementioned publication Air Transportation, Dick had also won literary recognition and an O. Henry Award for a short story “Pico Never Forgets.”
     But apparently, commercial writing paid better, and with a young family, money at hand ruled the day.
     Malkin’s series of stories about the Berlin Airlift joined the global coverage of that epoch event, dominating Air Transportation Magazine, which was owned by John Budd (who also published The Import Export Bulletin that sold for 50 cents and was akin to today’s Zagat Survey, but for shipping). Budd can be credited in allowing Malkin free rein to cover how air cargo saved Berlin.
     Richard Malkin ruled the roost during the 1950s, ‘60s, and ‘70s, for a total of 35 years as editor of Air Transportation, which became Cargo Airlift and has switched owners a half dozen times since his era, now existing as Air Cargo World.

Saving Shannon

     Of particular note was an article Dick did about Shannon Airport during the 1950s. It drew attention to the facility’s entrance into the jet era at a critical time, when business there had slowed to a crawl.
     The power of a publication dedicated to the global air cargo industry was felt, and for his effort Malkin received the first in what has become a stream of recognition awards over the past half century, as he was named an Honorary Fellow of the Irish International Freight Association.

Malkin & Other Publications

Boxcars      Samuel Morse may have invented Morse Code and The Journal of Commerce (published as a broad sheet here in New York for over a century), but Dick Malkin breathed new life into the publication. Life began again at age 65 for Malkin; he departed Cargo Airlift and teamed up with a super salesman named Marty Brennan. Together, they brought the JOC’s Air Commerce publication into air cargo big time.
     Malkin was at JOC for 13 years until, for some unknown reason, Air Commerce was abruptly put down.
     Then, as mentioned earlier, Dick joined our Air Cargo News in 1990 as Editor, serving here until 1994. During that time he was also an editor for Distribution Magazine.
     Then came Cargo Network Services, where Dick served as Editor of CNS Focus.
     Along the way, Dick Malkin found consulting, speechwriting, and editing work, all while serving as editor and chief and guiding force of an industry publication.
     For many years during his Cargo Airlift career, Dick did most of the writing for the KLM Cargo customer magazine, CargoVision.
     Dick Malkin’s long career has also included a few books worth noting, including his landmark Boxcars In The Sky from 1951.
     If you can get it (Amazon or eBay are good sources), Boxcars is a treasure, chock full of pictures and heavy-duty text that underscore Malkin’s now lifelong belief in air cargo.
     Malkin touchingly dedicated the work to his children, simply saying:
     “To Barry & Susan . . . may they live in a world where aerial boxcars carry the goods of peace.”
     But the knockout passage and a trademark “Malkinesque” twist in his otherwise technical writings, was the quoting of Lord Alfred Tennyson from “Locksley Hall” in an air cargo book.
          “For I dipt into the future, far as human eye could see,
          Saw the Vision of the world, and all the wonder that would be;
          Saw the heavens filled with commerce, argosies of magic sails,
          Pilots of the purple twilight, dropping down with costly bales….”

     “The heavens filled with commerce and pilots with costly bales are modern day reality, already accepted by the shipper, the receiver and the consumer,” Malkin wrote.
     Every time I read that passage in Boxcars, I’m glad I chose to be a writer of air cargo.

Malkin Collage
Richard Malkin & Family
Photo 1.— Richard Malkin with his late wife Helen and son Barry.  Photo 2.—Richard and his daughter Susan.

     Some of the stuff he wrote for our Air Cargo News during his four-year tenure (a total of 48 issues), still just jumps off the page.
     As we celebrate The Malkin Century, we laud Richard Malkin's unwavering ability to reach back and remember his years spent shaping the air cargo conversation.
     He is a great example of the old truism that tells us the best way to know where you're going is by remembering where you've been.
     Happy 103rd Birthday, Richard.

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