Welcome to our 'everything Barbara's' weblog, journal, diary and historical archive. Here you will find, well... everything Barbara's; including stories gleaned from decades of book-selling (some fact, some fiction), opinions and editorials from book industry insiders, Barbara's history (a seemingly endless resource of interesting and often times compelling content) and much more.
weBlog Ted Heinecken - THEN AND NOW (May 2015)
author bio: Ted Heinecken was born in Hebron NE in 1933, but his family moved east in 1939 and he grew up in Staten Island NY and Philadelphia PA. After graduating from Germantown Friends School he went on to Wartburg College, Waverly IA, for his B.A. in English and to the University of Minnesota for his M.A. in English. His first full-time job was as an editor at Muhlenberg Press in Philadelphia in 1959, the same year he was married to Gisela Voehringer.
He and his wife moved to Chicago in 1962 when he procured a job as a book editor at Encyclopedia Britannica Press. In November 1963 he became a Midwestern sales representative for Oxford University Press, and in late 1968 he left in order to enter into a partnership with Jay Ide to form Heinecken-Ide Associates, an independent sales company representing selected trade publishing companies in 14 Midwestern states.
After nine years the partnership was dissolved and each principal started his own company; Heinecken & Associates began with three employees (one being Gisela on a part-time basis) and a handful of client publishers and eventually grew to as many as nine employees and a much larger group of publishers. In late 2007, after 30 years in business, the company merged with Fujii Associates, and Heinecken and three of his employees stayed on with Fujii as sales associates. In February of 2015 he retired, and has now turned his attention to doing some writing.