Lorain County Reads Presents Neil Zurcher Of One Tank Trips!

8/8/2013 -- Navigate through Lorain County’s past as Neil Zurcher, beloved travel reporter from northeast Ohio, talks about local history. 


Hear tales from the road as he shares his traveling experiences. This local legend will be ready to entertain on Thursday, Oct. 24 at 2 p.m.

All are invited to this free event at the Spitzer Conference Center’s Grand Room on the campus of Lorain County Community College, 1005 N. Abbe Road, Elyria. Preregistration is required by calling the Lorain Public Library System at 440-244-1192 or 1-800-322-READ.


Pack your camera and don’t miss your chance to have your picture taken next to Zurcher’s “One Tank Trips” 1959 Nash Metropolitan, a boxy little red and white convertible.


Zurcher, a TV travel reporter, has also written five books about Ohio including Ohio Oddities and Strange Tales from Ohio.

Books will be available for purchase at the event.


This Lorain County Reads program is made possible through a collaboration of all of the public libraries in Lorain County. Local history is the focus of this year’s project.


Plus, travel through time with us as we host a variety of local history programs at each of our locations.

You will find Lorain Public Library System local history programs listed in our online calendar of events. Click the following link to read a story listing our local history events.


*Carpooling is suggested for the Oct. 24 event due to scheduled road construction on Abbe Road.




Neil Zurcher


Neil Zurcher has been a professional journalist working mostly in television, but also in newspapers, magazines and radio for over a half-century, and has logged more than a million miles on Ohio’s roads over 25 years as a TV travel reporter, as noted on his blog. He was the original host of the “One Tank Trips” travel report, which airs on WJW-TV Fox 8 Cleveland.


“I have always told people that I have the best job in the world,” Zurcher wrote in his blog.

“The very first year we shot (“One Tank Trips”) I used my family car, a 1979 Ford Futura, two-door sedan. We tied some boxes on the roof, stuck some water skis out of the window and tied a child’s plastic inflatable inner-tube to the rear of the car. To make it all look like a family car going on vacation,” Zurcher wrote on his blog.


Read Neil Zurcher’s One Tank Trips blog.