Fred Trost, popular host of Michigan outdoors TV show, dies at 61
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 23 July 2007 05:12

 Fred Trost, who hosted the popular "Michigan Outdoors" hunting and fishing television show, has died. He was 61.  Trost died Wednesday of a rare lung condition after spending several weeks in the hospital, his son, Zachary Trost of East Lansing, told The Associated Press on Thursday.


"Michigan Outdoors" was broadcast on public television across the state, until a $4 million judgment against him for an investigative series he did on deer scent lures led to his departure in 1992. He later began broadcasting another show, "Practical Sportsman," also on public television.

"I've had people come up to me over the past few weeks and say, `I learned fishing from your father,' `I learned how to skin a fish from your father,' `Your father made me passionate about the outdoors,'" Zachary Trost told the Lansing State Journal.

Friends remember Fred Trost as a giant of the outdoors.

"He was a big deal," said Tony Hansen, editor of Michigan Out-of-Doors magazine. "He was the first outdoor media star. Kind of a larger-than-life personality."

In the late 1990s, while still working on the show, Fred Trost enrolled in Cooley Law School, graduating cum laude, his son said. Trost stopped production of "Practical Sportsman" in 2005.

Zachary Trost said the family expected to meet Thursday to plan a memorial service for his father.

"He did not want a funeral. He doesn't want people to grieve for his death. He wants people to enjoy our limited time here and the outdoors," he said.
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