Educated at Haverford College and Harvard University, Edmund Faltermayer practiced journalism for nearly 50 years, primarily as a staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal and as a writer and editor for Fortune magazine.
At the Journal Faltermayer covered the Defense Department and reported out of Germany and the former Soviet Union as a foreign correspondent. Upon returning to the United States, he was appaled by the filth of New York City, venting his outrage in a series of Fortune articles that grew into a book, Redoing America, published in 1968.
Faltermayer also wrote on personal finance, industrial competitiveness and the health-care crisis for Fortune. Though he retired from Fortune’s full time staff in 1994, he continued as a contributing editor until shortly before he died in 2003, at age 75, of complications brought on by ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Faltermayer’s long-held dream was to publish a novel for children. Inspired by his son Steven’s obsession with snow, Clouds Go Wild was completed in 2001. All proceeds from the novel benefit ALS research.