Heinz, John

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Heinz, John Gender: M
Henry John Heinz III
born on 23 October 1938 at 16:02 (= 4:02 PM )
Place Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 40n26, 80w0
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 29°48' s_mo.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 06°03 Asc.s_piscol.18.gif 25°01'

John Heinz


American politician and heir to the Heinz food product company. A member of the wealthy Heinz family of Pittsburgh, he left the business world for a political career in Washington DC. In 1982 and 1988, Heinz was easily elected to his seat in the Senate. Returning to his businessman roots, Heinz wanted the federal government to exemplify a well-organized corporation. Reforming Medicare for the elderly and U.S. trade were his main senatorial concerns. As the largest individual shareholder in the family company, Heinz enjoyed a personal wealth of $560 million. His enormous bank account, good looks and sincere political idealism made him a strong future GOP presidential candidate in the millennium. In 1991, his life was tragically cut short when he was killed in an airplane collision 10 miles north of Philadelphia.

Heinz was born in Pittsburgh, PA as the only child of Henry John Heinz II and Joan (Diehl) Heinz. When he was four, his parents divorced. Heinz studied at the private, exclusive Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. Upon graduation from prep school in 1956, he went to the Ivy League schools of Yale and Harvard. With a B.A. in arts and humanities from Yale in 1960 and graduating near the top of his class at Harvard Business School in 1963, Heinz was ready for employment in the family company. He worked in the financial and marketing departments of the ketchup and pickle food company that his grandfather had founded in 1869. He served in the Air Force reserve from 1963 to 1969 during the Vietnam War. In 1970 to 1971, he taught his students investment management at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh. On 11/02/1971, Heinz won the vacant congressional seat in his home district.

In 1976, Heinz fought a difficult campaign to attain the Pennsylvania Senate seat. In order to beat his Democratic opponent, he spent $2.5 million of his own personal money. Recognized as one of the country's richest politicians, Heinz became the chairman of the GOP senatorial campaign committee. His concern for his steel working constituents led him to fight for fair trade practices in the importation of American-made goods. He refused to see himself as a member of the privileged elite and tried to reach out to constituents throughout the state of Pennsylvania. He held strong beliefs for trying to make the world a better place. Lacking a cynical attitude about politics, his circle of friends knew a kind individual with gentlemanly qualities who remained upbeat, easy-going and unpretentious.

During his graduate school summer break, Heinz met his wife, Teresa Simoes Ferreira in Geneva, Switzerland. The couple married and had three sons, Henry John IV in 1967, Andre in 1970 and Christopher in 1973. Heinz was considered a devoted family man who enjoyed trout fishing and skiing and was a tennis buff. He was considered one of the best congressional athletes in Washington. Besides a home in Pennsylvania, the family owned a large, five-story colonial Georgetown house in Washington, DC.

On 4/04/1991, Heinz was visiting constituents all over Pennsylvania in a chartered twin-engine Piper Aerostar. After his pilots communicated their problem with the plane's landing gear to the control tower, a nearby helicopter was granted permission to make a visual inspection of the Senator's plane. At 12:11 P.M., on the second look the helicopter's rotor blades slashed into the right wing of the Piper Aerostar rupturing the fuel tank and unleashing a fireball explosion. The fiery debris of the two aircrafts rained down on first grade students during recess at Merion Elementary School killing two six-year-old girls and critically burning a six-year-old boy. Senator Heinz, his two pilots, and the two helicopter pilots were burned beyond recognition in the spectacular crash. Heinz's funeral was held on 4/10/1991 at the Heinz Memorial Chapel at the University of Pittsburgh.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • child->parent relationship with Heinz, Jack (born 10 July 1908)


  • Social : End a program of study 1956 (Graduated from prep school)
  • Social : Begin a program of study 1956 (College education, Yale)
  • Social : End a program of study 1960 (Earned B.A. from Yale)
  • Social : End a program of study 1963 at 12:00 midnight in Boston, MA (Graduated from Harvard Business School)
  • Social : Joined group 1963 (Air Force reserves)
  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 1967 (Son born)
  • Social : Left group 1969 (Air Force reserves)
  • Work : New Job 1970 (Professor of investment management)
  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 1970 (Son born)
  • Work : New Career 2 November 1971 (Won seat in U.S. House)
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  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 1973 (Son born)
  • Work : New Job 1976 (Elected to U.S. Senate)
  • Work : Gain social status 1982 (Re-elected U.S. Senator)
  • Work : Gain social status 1988 (Re-elected U.S. Senator)
  • Death by Accident 4 April 1991 at 12:11 AM in Philadelphia (Airplane crash, age 52)
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Source Notes

Bob Jansky quotes him by letter


  • Traits : Mind : Education extensive (Prep school, Yale, Harvard Business School)
  • Family : Childhood : Advantaged (Member of wealthy Heinz family)
  • Family : Childhood : Only child
  • Family : Childhood : Parents divorced (He was age four)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (One)
  • Family : Parenting : Extraordinarily nurturing (Devoted to his family)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Three)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Same Job more than 10 yrs (U.S. Senator)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Inheritance (Heir to Heinz food product company)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Wealthy (Personal wealth of $560 million)
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Outdoors (Trout fishing, skiing)
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Sports (Tennis)
  • Personal : Death : Accidental (Killed in airplane collision)
  • Vocation : Business : Middle Management
  • Vocation : Business : Top executive (Financial and marketing departments at Heinz)
  • Vocation : Education : Teacher (Professor of investment management)
  • Vocation : Military : Military service (Air Force Reserves)
  • Vocation : Politics : Public office (U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession