Analyst-Author Henderson Aspires to Inspire Other Dads

Ted Henderson, one of the most oft-quoted analysts in the cable space over the years, had dropped out of sight recently after stints at Janco Partners, and Stifel Nicolaus.

Turns out he was writing a book.

In a recent e-mail, Henderson said he quit his job in 2006 to write a memoir of his 25 years as a father. The result of his year-long writing journey - titled Dad's Top Ten Lectures - hasn't found a publisher yet but is chock full of anecdotes fathers of any age should enjoy.

His characteristic self-deprecating humor makes it all work, and there are a few surprises, even for those who've known him for years.

Such as: Henderson, a suburban Chicago high-school standout, received a four-year basketball scholarship to Auburn University in 1975. He hardly ever played, he writes, but the scholarship - which he parlayed into an accounting degree - helped him buy his first house and start a family, with his wife, Julie, that has grown to three adult children.

Henderson says the book - in addition to a love letter to his parents, his wife and his children - is a tribute to millions of fathers every day who simply make the effort.

"Every good Dad that I have ever met has two things in common: (1) they are wholly unprepared for the task at hand; and (2) they show up anyway," Henderson writes.

He's now working in corporate development at Dish Network and his book is available on