TedTed was born near Garden City, Long Island in early 1945. In 1948 his family moved to Pound Ridge, New York, where Ted grew up in what was then a still rural community. He liked math and thought he was relatively good at it. But his best grades were in English which seemed to him to be easy, just common sense. He played trombone in a dance band in high school and has loved music, particularly jazz, ever since.
Dartmouth College, in the wilds of New Hampshire, accepted Ted into the class of '67, where Ted planned to become an engineer. But he quickly gave it up for English and economics. He was a member of the canoe club, opting for only slightly faster transport, a cavernous black 1946 Ford sedan, to carry his friends to weekends in Boston and New York. Perhaps his most memorable journey was as an exchange student at Talladega College, a traditional black college in Alabama.
What changed Ted's life was attending the Stanford Graduate School of Business in California, where he earned his MBA and met his future wife, who was from Palo Alto, had attended Smith, and was studying in the graduate school of education. Joan earned her own MBA in 1975 and went on to have a very successful career in commercial Silicon Valley real estate.
After a year with VISTA working to put poor people into business and six months traveling (Ted climbed Mt. Kenya) Ted joined the advertising business in New York as an account executive, wishing he were a copywriter. In 1973 he moved to San Francisco where Joan had the good grace to marry him. In 1976 he began his career in marketing with a start-up computer company that believed, for a brief moment, that it was a viable competitor to Apple. After that he worked nine years for ROLM corporation - later acquired by IBM. At 3Com he worked for Bob Metcalfe, founder of 3Com and inventor of Ethernet.
In the early 90's Ted began writing in earnest under the tutelage of Tom Parker, a widely recognized author and teacher in the Bay Area. Since then Ted has studied short story, novel, and poetry writing at Stanford and UC Berkeley under some of the best teachers in the field. He is a board member of the Waterston Desert Writing Prize.
Also in the early 90's Ted founded Haynes & Company, a business consulting firm that provided marketing, business development services, and guidance to high tech companies including Netscape, Microsoft, Oracle, and Hello Direct. His first book, The Electronic Commerce Dictionary, grew out of his early (1995) knowledge of the Internet and its potential.