Fleischman enjoys racing, running and promoting Idaho

She drives a blue Porsche she lovingly calls the blue Max, trained for and ran two half marathons after she turned 60 and shares her love of Idaho through a monthly magazine she loves. Meet a dear friend who is a unique, unbelieveable NFPW member.Kitty Delorey Fleischman finishing a half-marathon

Name: Kitty Delorey Fleischman

City and State: Boise, Idaho

Affiliate and any leadership positions: Past president, mostly membership and as part of the Media Network Idaho “Fearsome Foursome” team organizing the 2008 and 2013 NFPW national conferences.

In a couple of paragraphs, tell us a little about you.

Kitty will tell you she is “crabby and old, don’t have enough time for anything, and not enough money.” But in real life she is a determined, hard working person who is always looking out for others and wanting to help the little guy. Health issues have not prevented her from setting goals and reaching them. She worked hard to reach her goal of finishing two  half-marathons at Robie Creek in Idaho after she reached the age of 60.

Any career advice you would give? Go into medicine.

Which talent would you most like to have? Tact.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?  Idaho. She loves Idaho so much the magazine she pours her heart into is IDAHO Magazine. The magazine gives you a feel for the people in Idaho Kitty has grown to love.

What book(s) are you reading?

Just finished “Unbroken” by Laura Hillanbrand who wrote “Seabiscuit” (*****), and a book on George Washington’s Spy Ring from the American Revolutionary War (****), and am starting “I am Malala,” about Malala Yousafzai, the 16-year old the Taliban tried to kill for advocating women’s education in Pakistan. So far I’d give it (***), but maybe it will get better. I think it’s target at a teen market.

Kitty driving her blue Max.What would people be surprised to learn about you?

I raced cars from 1992 to 2006 when health problems forced me to give it up. I’ve trophied at a number of Porsche Club of America driving events, and tech quizzes, and I hold about a half-dozen records at three different hillclimbs.

Gerry (her husband and best friend) and I have been together since 1981. I’ve been a business owner since 1984.

I was in a plane crash on St. Lawrence Island in 1979. In Nome I was co-owner of a dog team with 20 dogs, eight pups, two sleds, and all the rigging to make them work. I’ve covered a reindeer story out on the Chucki Sea in winter, covered winter training exercises for the Alaska National Guard’s First Scout Battalion, an all-Eskimo unit. I’ve cross-country skied on the tundra and out on the Bering Sea, covered the Iditarod starts and finishes four years. In 1999 I taught a class in Riga, Latvia, on marketing in a capitalistic system.

IDAHO magazine is the second publication I’ve started and run. In 1984 I co-founded the Idaho Business Review, which is still chugging along. I once crawled along in a space five-feet wide between two houses in Nome, one of them fully engulfed in flames, to save my eight little Husky/Malamute pups. The house that was on fire had a barrel of oil that was about to have its foundation give way, and I couldn’t let my babies burn. It was pretty scary though.

Why is your affiliate and NFPW important to you? I wanted to join the Idaho Press Women in the 1980s, but was told by Marlene Fritz that I could not join because I was a publisher and not a journalist. I was thrilled to find more recently that I could join. I appreciate the camaraderie more than anything, and am thrilled to be part of the “Fearsome Foursome.” The women I’ve met in Media Network Idaho and NFPW are a source of inspiration and encouragement to me. I appreciate their insights, wisdom, experience, humor, and dedication. My only regrets are from the years I missed!

Way to follow you on a website, twitter, Facebook, etc.

Our website is http://idahomagazine, and our Facebook page, which I took over managing and LOVE to do is: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Idaho-Magazine/178896083093

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One Comment on “Fleischman enjoys racing, running and promoting Idaho”

  1. sjoyportfolio Says:

    Peggy, Wow! It was so nice to officially meet you at the Media Network Idaho Awards luncheon yesterday in Ketchum. Thank you to you and everyone at MNI for supporting scholastic journalism! Michelle Harmon

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