Remembering Jack Teahen

The smoker and the librarian

11:09 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2013
I first met Jack Teahen in 1994 when I joined Automotive News as the assistant librarian.

JOHN K. TEAHEN JR. -- 1925-2013

Jack Teahen -- friend, mentor, 'numbers nut,' curmudgeon, cornerstone of Automotive News -- dies at 87

12:38 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2013
John K. Teahen Jr., who was born a week before Automotive News' founding in 1925 and became a pillar of the publication through six decades of writing and editing, died Tuesday, Jan. 8, after a long illness. He was 87. His first byline appeared in Automotive News on Nov. 14, 1955. His last was posted on on Sept.

My mentor was Jack Teahen

2:59 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2013
More than 30 years ago, when the tools of my trade were canary yellow copy paper, a No. 2 pencil, scissors, rubber cement and an IBM Selectric typewriter, my mentor was Jack Teahen.


How Jack steered us away from stupidity

9:34 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2013
I don't think I realized how much I enjoyed having Jack Teahen around. I guess I'll realize that more now that he won't be stopping in for his periodic newsroom visits.

Colleagues remember a man of patience, wit

2:09 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2013
Reflections from some former colleagues:

The curmudgeon and the copy editor

9:51 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2013
When I got to Automotive News about 15 years ago, Jack Teahen and I hit it off right away. We had some things in common: Irish backgrounds; experience at the Detroit Free Press; a fondness for grammar, punctuation and syntax; and the reputation of being just a bit curmudgeonly. Who, me?

A man with the heart of a lion

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2013
Jack Teahen reminded me of Georg Auer, Austrian correspondent for Automotive News Europe who also worked well into his eighties. Both were slightly built, but each had the heart of a lion.

A wealth of experience ... and humility

3:35 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2013
Jack Teahen was 44-years-old, well into his long, distinguished career as an auto journalist, when I was born. I finally caught up with him when I joined Automotive News in 2004.

Jack’s lesson: Learn to question

3:24 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2013
I went to work at Automotive News in 1984 and soon after my arrival became the General Motors reporter. Jack Teahen was my editor. He scared the bejesus out of me. He’d grill me on details, especially related to numbers, and question whatever line GM execs fed me.

A hyphen blunder and the wrath of Jack

2:44 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2013
I owe my depth of knowledge of the auto industry to Jack Teahen. Without Jack I would have been consigned to writing press releases a long time ago.

Teahen was tough and, oh, so good

1:45 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2013
"Wow, what a grouch." That was my first impression of Jack Teahen, who was managing editor of Automotive News when I joined the newspaper as a reporter 29 years ago next month. Of course, by the end of my first week I had changed my mind completely.

Old-school, with a sense of history

2:27 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2013
Jack Teahen was old-school. In a world enraptured by smartphones, tablets and iPads, he wrote out his data longhand. Books piled up on his desk, and handwritten notes spilled to the floor.

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