This is a little late but I just read about the passing of Robert Petersen. To many of you Petersen is more recognizable as the founder of Petersen Publishing, the publisher of 27 monthly magazines reaching 43 million people when it was sold in 1996. Of course, many of you will only recognize Petersen Publishing as the publisher of Hot Rod and Motor Trend magazines.
Petersen was a pretty amazing man beyond his publishing empire. Serving as commissioner for the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, on the National Board of Directors for Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and on the Los Angeles Library Commission, Petersen also supported Los Angeles area music and art organizations. Petersen had served on the board of the NRA, and owned one of the finest firearm collections in the world which was on public display only once in 1993.
Donations can be made to the Petersen Automotive Museum.