Ted Turner’s got a nice little
earner – it’s a multi-billion dollar empire
that includes – or has included – stakes in
cable news, cartoons, classic movies and – therefore
of course – professional wrestling.
Ted Turner’s father killed himself.
Turner Outdoor Advertising was the start of the big-ticket empire.
It had been Ted’s dad’s gig – Ted took it over when his dad went
under. From there Ted started into broadcasting, acquiring
radio stations and then a jump to TV – cable news, old movies
and then the wrasslin’ business…
Ted Turner was married to Jane Fonda. They probably
never looked it but they are pretty much the same age – in
fact he’s actually a bit younger (a tiny bit).
There were two wives before Jane but it’s for Jane he pines.
I know this because I heard a guy talking live on stage,
a clever guy, he’d written books about Google and about
tech and media and celebrities.
He was interviewing Turner – this was one of his stories
from that time I heard him on stage (his name is Ken Auletta
by the way) – and he said that as the interview progressed, visiting with
Turner over several days, he noticed that Ted’s grooming hit a slump.
He stopped caring about his appearance.
He had stubble, and the moustache was too bushy. His hair hadn’t
seen a comb – and so on…
Then one day, day 5 or 7 or 9 or whatever…Ted was in his finest suit.
His teeth had been whitened. His hair cut and combed, his moustache perfectly
trimmed – well, it was still ‘a moustache’ so not quite perfect – and you get the
Ken Auletta says, “Ted, you’re looking good today, what’s the occasion…”
And Turner cracks a smile, the first in a while, and almost blushes, he says,
“I’m meeting Janey for lunch”.
This was years after the divorce. This was so utterly believable.
You imagine Jane Fonda doing that to a man. To any living person
in fact. Jane Fonda was in town!
Ted Turner probably has made
some ruthless decisions – even done
some very bad things.
But he once gifted $1 billion
to the United Nations.
Have you done That?
(I know I haven’t).
I’m quite fascinated
by Ted Turner
and I don’t really know
He’s owned a sports team, he’s owned – no
doubt – several pieces of so many
people. None of that inspires me
as such. None of that means very much
He’s had five kids, three wives, so many
He’s gifted a lot of the money that he’s made
away to charities, and you have to hope that’s
not just for the tax deductions.
For some strange reason
I hope Ted Turner has found
peace and happiness in his life.
I know he’s been able to buy
and sell it.
But has he kept a little on the side
Ted Turner is nearly 80.