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From: "Jason Zengerle" <> To: Peter M. Heimlich Subject: RE: From Peter Heimlich Date: Thu, 3 Mar 2005 08:45:39 -0500

Dear Mr. Heimlich,

Thank you for your e-mail and your suggestions for my story. I'm familiar with most of the sources you mentioned and do plan to contact them; I've also read the alt-weekly stories you sent links to, although I had not seen the New London article nor the one in the corporate newsletter.

The story I'm writing is about Dr. Henry Heimlich's career—primarily focusing on the period that runs from his invention (or co-invention) of the Heimlich maneuver until today, with special attention on his efforts to promote the Heimlich maneuver for choking and then subsequently for drowning, plus his efforts to promote malariotherapy as an AIDS treatment.

There is no firm publication date for the story. This sort of piece often takes a long time to write. Moreover, I am a full-time writer at The New Republic magazine so I am busy on other stories as well. Therefore the piece on Dr. Heimlich is not due to the New Yorker for several more months. As for how the story of your father came to my attention, a friend of mine doing HIV research in Africa told me about his malariotherapy ideas several years ago and since then I've been following his story and waiting for the right moment to write about it.

I hope that this answers some of your questions and makes you comfortable enough to speak to me on the record. If so, please let me know where and when I can reach you. Thanks.