Marty Podskoch is retired from teaching reading for 36 years. He taught the last 28 years at Delaware Academy in Delhi, NY. He and his wife Lynn raised their three children in an old farmhouse along the West Branch of the Delaware River. He became interested in fire towers after climbing Hunter Mountain in the fall of 1987. He met an old observer and Podskoch wanted to find out more information about the history and lore of the fire towers. Purple Mountain Press then asked him to write about the history of the Catskill fire towers and the restoration project that was occurring in the Catskills.
After writing five books on the Catskill and Adirondacks, Marty Podskoch became fascinated about the men who worked to build and protect the Adirondack forest and state parks. He interviewed over 100 CCC alumni and published Adirondack Civilian Conservation Corps Camps: History, Memories, in 2011.
After interviewing hundreds of observers, rangers and their families, he was able to gather stories and pictures about their working at 23 Catskill fire towers. In 2000 his book, Fire Towers of the Catskill: Their History and Lore,was published by Purple Mountain Press, which also published his second book,Adirondack Fire Towers: Their History and Lore, the Southern Districts. In June of 2003 his third title, Adirondack Fire Towers: Their History and Lore, the Northern Districts, was published in November of 2005.
Marty also writes a weekly newspaper column, “Adirondack Stories” in five newspapers. Sam Glanzman, a noted comic book illustrator for the past 50 years, illustrates the stories. After 5 years he published a 2 volume collection of his 251 stories: Adirondack Stories: Historical Sketches and 101 More Adirondack Stories: Historical Sketches. Podskoch presently lives in East Hampton, CT where he is doing research on the Civilian Conservation Camps in Connecticut.