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Peter M. Heimlich and Karen M. Shulman

In Spring 2002, Peter and Karen became aware of abusive and unethical conduct by Peter's father, celebrity doctor Henry J. Heimlich MD of Cincinnati, known for "the Heimlich maneuver" choking rescue treatment. Since Spring 2003, their research into Dr. Heimlich's bizarre career has been the basis for scores of print and broadcast media reports. Other scams they've uncovered, such as the $9 million Save-A-Life Foundation fraud, have resulted in dozens more media reports

In 2010 Peter started doing original reporting via his blog The Sidebar. "When I turn up information I consider newsworthy, usually I first try to find a mainstream media reporter to move forward a story. If that doesn't work, I'll blog it and then later try to move it upstream to other news outlets."

When they were married in 1988, Peter and Karen started a wholesale textile design and import company which they operated for years. "The rag trade's a tough racket, but we learned a lot," says Peter. "It gave us the confidence to take on the dirty birds we've helped to expose."

Before then, Karen had her own fine art jewelry business. In the 80s, Peter played bass and wrote songs with The Lloyds, one of San Francisco's fave New Wave club bands. In May 2022, the Southern California record label Projectile Platters issued a fantastic, limited edition 13-track LP of the group, "Let's Go, Lloyds!"

Here's a video of heavy metal hottie Lita Ford lip-synching one of Peter's tunes on the 80's TV show, Dance Fever:

Karen was an English major and got her BS from UMass Amherst in 1984. Peter got his BS from Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Journalism in 1977 where he spent many waking hours at the Daily Orange. During his college years, Peter was a freelance writer for the Cincinnati Enquirer and other papers, and in 1976 won a Hearst National Journalism Award.

They live in suburban Atlanta.

Good fortune and thanks to friends, known and unknown, who helped along the way.

Special ups to
Pamela Mills-Senn and the late Dr. Joseph S. Redding who weren't afraid to be the first to say they smelled a rat.