ICAS Honors Teenage Webmaster
Steve Holzinger, a 19-year-old from Marlton, N.J., says it was "a dream come true" when he was named the youngest-ever Airshow Fan of the Year at the annual convention of the International Council of Air Shows, held earlier this month in Dallas, Texas. Holzinger drives up to nine hours in a day in his 1986 Chevy Blazer to visit air shows, in between his college classes and his job at KMart. Armed with a camcorder, he's collected hundreds of hours of video, and uploaded thousands of clips to his four-year-old Web site, "Steve's Airshow World." At the convention, Holzinger shared a table with the Thunderbirds team, and was invited to fly in the back seat of a CF-18 Hornet by the Canadian Armed Forces. The invitation "came out of nowhere!" Holzinger wrote in his online report about the convention. "I didn't know how to react, other than trying to keep tears of happiness from showing. 'I'm going up in a CF-18 ...,' I kept that thought going through my mind for a good 10 minutes, making sure I wasn't dreaming this, and I wasn't."