Biography: Gus Heller
Gus Heller was born in Germany in 1973 to Ingo and Liesl Heller. Ingo Heller was an engineer with the Mercedes Benz corporation and Gus had a typical childhood. He grew up playing soccer and a little basketball. From an early age, Gus showed promise in electronics and when computers first became available, the child was mesmerized. He shared this fascination with his best friend, Rolf Warner, and the two boys could often be found huddled together, discussing the inventions they would create together that would make them both rich.
In 1988, the Heller family immigrated to the United States, where Ingo Heller took a job with Boeing. By this point, computers took up almost all of Gus's time. He went through programming books and hardware manuals the way other kids devoured comic books.
Although Gus made many friends in his new country, he always remained in close contact with his best friend from Germany, Rolf Warner. They often talked of when Rolf would come to the US and they would start a computer company together.
When it came time for college, Gus chose Georgia Tech where he majored in engineering and computer science. After graduation in 1995, Gus stayed in Atlanta and worked as a software programmer and database architect during the day. At night, he focused his attention on video games. On a daily basis, he and Rolf were e-mailing suggestions and possible game ideas.
Finally, the two men thought they had the concept that would make them millionaires. They pooled their money and Gus incorporated Heller/Warner in Atlanta. They immediately started working on obtaining a work visa for Rolf through Heller/Warner, Inc. When the approval came through, they both quit their jobs to work on the game full-time, and Rolf came to America.
In recent months, the two men have been scrambling to bring their project to fruition. Financing has been difficult and they often argued over money. With dwindling resources, the men arrived in Oxford, Mississippi on December 26, 2011 with the "star" of their game, Lita Harrison, to scout Rowan Oak as a possible location for use in the game.