Magazine article American Cinematographer

Bringing It All Back Home

Magazine article American Cinematographer

Bringing It All Back Home

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WHEN DAVID HEURING ANnounced in April that he was stepping down as editor of American Cinematographer, his fellow staffers had no doubts about his destination. During David's seven years at the magazine (the last three as Grand Poobah of the Editorial Dept.), his co-workers had often heard him wax poetic about bratwursts, the Brewers, and the natural beauty of his home state, Wisconsin. More often than not, these fond reminiscences took place at the end of a long workday, accompanied by the mellow strains of David's beloved Martin acoustic. Like his musical idols, Bob Dylan and Neil Young, David has always been tempted to return to his roots.

Unfortunately for AC, the peaceful lure of the Midwest finally proved irresistable. Having knighted his fellow staffers as honorary "Cheeseheads" (Wisconsin's slang for its natives), David has given up the frenetic pace of Hollywood for a summer on his lakefront land and a new career in freelance writing. Needless to say, his intelligence, affability and wry wit will be sorely missed.

"I am extremely jealous, because Wisconsin is one of my favorite states in the nation," says Steven Poster, Chairman of the ASC's Publications Committee. "I'll miss David personally, and speaking for the whole committee, I'll also miss working with him. David has been a real partner to me, and he taught me a lot about the world of publishing."

I personally owe David a debt of gratitude for helping me find my niche in Los Angeles. I first met him in the spring of 1991, just after he had been promoted to associate editor by his genial mentor, editor George Turner, Whose wife, Jean, had stepped down as second in command. Having recently moved to L.A. from my own hometown of Salem, MA, I was earning a living - albeit unhappily - in a highL stress, low-pay job at a Beverly C Hills talent agency. After being introduced to David by some mutual friends, I quickly found a sympathetic ear. I explained to him that my true career goal was to get back into my former line of work, magazine publishing. Without blinking an eye, he encouraged me to apply for his old job as assistant editor. Upon David's recommendation, the Turners granted me a pleasant and fortuitous job interview, and I joined the staff of AC in June of 1991.

Several months later, George decided to join his wife in semi-retirement. With George's blessing, David was quickly and quite deservedly promoted to editor. …

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