Trailing in the bottom of the 7th inning---with Ted Turner
Entering Atlanta's mega-airport yesterday morning at 6:00 a.m., I noticed a large poster image of Ted Turner gesturing with one hand and saying, "We're this close to ending polio." Then, while waiting for my flight back to Boston, I decided that it was time to write another blog post about Ted---and what better time than while spending a few hours in the place where I met him in person---the old Atlanta airport back in 1978.
Thirty-four years ago, he and I were walking down a lonely corridor to an Eastern Airlines flight when he jovially started talking to me. I was impressed that a man of his fame would be so warm and engaging to a total stranger. But this was no ordinary man. To refresh your memory, here's what the polio poster had to say about him:
Known for his environmental activism and generous philanthropy, Turner created the United Nations Foundation in 1998 with his historic $1 billion gift in support of the United Nations. Since its creation, the United Nations Foundation has been a proud partner of Rotary International and an active participant in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.
As stated above, Ted is well-known for environmental activism and philanthropy---exactly what we need to help fix our out-of-control global feeding model. He is also well-known as the former owner of the Atlanta Braves, the founder of CNN, the creator of Ted's Montana Grill and the skipper of the winning boat (Courageous) in the America's Cup in 1977.
In the following 3-minute video, Ted talks about global warming and nuclear weapons with Charlie Rose in 2008. He said we've simply got to take care of business with both issues, and we can't afford to have "dumb leadership." He's absolutely right---we must have strong leadership with vision and passion. Once Ted fully understands what our Western diet-style is contributing to many of our most serious problems, I am confident that he will "step up to the plate in the 7th inning" as he says in the video and that he is capable of providing that leadership, vision and passion that we need. Click here to continue reading this article (with video).
—J. Morris Hicks…blogging daily at HealthyEatingHealthyWorld.com