In a trivia contest, you want to be on Rod Coe’s team.
Once a resident of Somers and manager of a business in Enfield, Coe traveled “half the world” as a representative of World Book Encyclopedia for 26 years.
“I’ve been to
Today, Coe shares his enthusiasm for travel with RVers across the continent.
“I remember you,” Coe’s voice boomed over the din as he welcomed a repeat visitor to the Yankee RV Tours booth at an RV rally in February at
It seems that wherever you might go and whatever you might do, chances are good that
Coe was raised in
“I graduated from teaching in 1961,” Coe said, “ and joined The World Book Encyclopedia.” Over the next 26 years, promotions forced Coe to move his family 18 times. He retired in 1987 as one of the company’s four executive vice presidents.
“Most of my work was centered in New England,” he said. World Book had an office in
While in the
“When I was living in Somers,” Coe said, “I was World Book’s regional manager for
He recalls being stranded for three days at the World Book office in Enfield during the February blizzard of 1978. He said he was able to feed and offer shelter to his staff and employees of the bank downstairs because he kept sleeping bags and food at the office, which was adjacent to
“Occasionally,” he said, “staffers from distant parts of
As a World Book executive, Coe accompanied Sir
At the dawn of the 1960s, the publisher of World Book learned that no life-insurance company was willing to underwrite policies for America’s space pioneers. World Book arranged to have the “Mercury Seven” covered for “ten-million dollars each,” Coe said, “and threw a party for them in
He also welcomed
Coe didn’t just sell World Book encyclopedias; he read what he sold. “Not the whole encyclopedia, of course. But the editors at World Book had to check information being published with readers in every state.” From those responses, Coe said, he read all he could and retains much of what he read. He’s something of a walking encyclopedia, himself.
Coe said he learned from motivational speaker and author
The Coes winter in
Since forming his own company in 1995, Coe calculates Yankee RV Tours has accommodated more than 6,000 RVers on caravans and at rallies. Today, the company employs a score of veteran RVers who guide six to 10 tours a year to destinations throughout
While several of this year’s RV trips had to be postponed or canceled due to the pandemic, the Coes hope to resume operations by mid-June with a 35-day caravan along the
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