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 unusual 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. 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
his college years, Peter was a freelance writer
for the Cincinnati Enquirer
and other papers, and in 1976 won a Hearst
in suburban Atlanta.