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Analyst-Author Ted 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 www.scribd.com (opens in new tab).

Frank Batten Launched Never-Ending Forecast

Frank Batten Sr.'s death last week, at age 82, prompted The Wire to re-scan his book, The Weather Channel: The Improbable Rise of a Media Phenomenon, written with Jeffrey L. Cruikshank (Harvard Business School Press, 2002). There's a hilarious behind-the-scenes account of the Landmark Communications channel's official launch on May 2, 1982, at the National Show in Las Vegas.

A man later known as “the leprechaun,” because no one was sure who he was or where he worked, played a key role in executing a complicated display that involved the main satellite signal from Atlanta and 12 different localized feeds.

After Landmark CEO Dubby Wynne announced the channel would launch with a then-record 4.2 million cable subscribers, Batten “made a few remarks, and then reached for a switch that would 'turn on' the service. 'Now I will throw a switch,' I intoned as dramatically as possible, 'to launch a weather forecast that will never end.' ”

And it hasn't.