AB, Columbia University, 1947.
Picture editor, United States Camera, 1952-1955; associate editor, Popular Photography, 1956-1957; feature editor, Pageant, 1957-1958; feature editor, This Week, 1958-1960; senior editor, Time-Life Books, 1960-1962; associate director editorial planning, Time-Life Books, 1971-1972; managing editor, Esquire magazine, New York City, 1962-1967, 79-82; editor-in-chief, Esquire magazine, New York City, 1977; editor-in-chief, Book World (weekly literature supplement Chicago Tribune and Washington Post), 1967-1969; editor-in-chief book division, McCall Public Company, 1969-1971; editorial director, New York magazine, 1972-1977; senior editor, Life magazine, New York City, 1978-1979; editor-in-chief, American Heritage magazine, 1982-1990; editor-in-chief, American Heritage of Invention & Technology magazine, 1984-1990; magazine consultant, New York City, since 1990. Board directors American Society Magazine Editors, 1987-1991.
Served with Army of the United States, 1946-1947. Member Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association (New York City), Century Association.
Married Edith Spielberg, 1952 (divorced 1957). Married Ande Rubin, 1958 (deceased 1967). 1 daughter, Elizabeth.
Married Elizabeth Rodgers Dempster, 1969 (deceased 1992). Married Alexandra Mayes Birnbaum, 1999.