Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Quote of the Day By A Man For The Ages

Ted Turner, when asked about all the offshore, deep water sailing races he lost, including getting stuck on a sandbar once, before finally winning the America's Cup: "I wasn't losing, I was learning how to win."

That retort came during a recent interview by a reporter on CNN which he invented and started in 1980.

As a fellow member of the Lake Lanier Sailing Club north of Atlanta for many years I witnessed Ted, when asked to crew for a losing skipper, sit in the boat, not touch a thing, only advise the skipper, who inevitably that day won his first race.

Ted can be at the helm of a racing yacht and recite Shakespeare for hours without repeating himself. One of his best friends, and the pastor of our North Avenue Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, told me one day that Ted knew more about the Bible than he did. He just didn't believe it. But I watched him from the choir loft one Sunday attend the service with his first wife, Janie, in which his son Teddy was confirmed.

Only one guy was made from that mold, "The Mouth of the South".

Leanderthal, Lighthouse Keeper

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