Peter M. Zollman, founding principal of the AIM Group and previously Classified Intelligence, was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Buffalo State University communications department last month.

Zollman, who launched the AIM Group in 1998 after working in journalism and interactive television, was honored for his multiple careers and for helping bring the communications department to the upstate New York school in 1972.

Peter M. Zollman, Annemarie Francyzk (left) and Deborah A. Silverman of the Buffalo State University communications department.

Zollman was editor-in-chief of the Record, the college’s award-winning newspaper, when he testified before a legislative committee deciding where the communications program should be located. A few weeks later, it was awarded to Buffalo State.

In addition to his work at the AIM Group, Zollman also worked for United Press International; Reuters news service; the Time Warner Full Service Network (“the world’s first interactive television project” — an early precursor to YouTube and TikTok); Newsday; the Tonawanda News, and other newspapers, radio and television stations. He was also a restaurant reviewer in New Orleans, which he calls “the best restaurant city in the world.”

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