57 Facts About Ted Turner

1. Ted Turner said he joined the K-9 division after spending some time assisting officers as a decoy for canine training exercises.

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2. Ted Turner loved to talk, he said, switching from subject to subject with lightning speed.

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3. Ted Turner is America's second-largest individual landowner, with roughly 2 million acres, including ranches in Argentina.

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4. Ted Turner owned 17,000 head of bison on three ranches, was a major supplier of the North American Bison Cooperative, and sold $6 million to the federal government to feed poor Native American families.

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5. In 1960 Ted Turner became general manager of Ted Turner Advertising Company at its branch office in Macon, Georgia.

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6. Ted Turner actually began a full–time "career" at just nine years of age when his father had him work summers at his billboard company—Turner Advertising.

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7. In 1992 Ted Turner established two more cable and satellite channels: the Airport Channel, which offered flight information at US airports, and the Cartoon Network, which was supported by his recently purchased cartoon library.

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8. In 1960, Ted Turner became Ted Turner Advertising Company's general manager at its branch office in Macon, Georgia.

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9. Ted Turner actually began a full-time "career" at just nine years old when his father had him work summers at his billboard company—Turner Advertising.

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10. Ted Turner starts out by talking about his early career in television broadcasting, when he created Superstation TBS and CNN.

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11. In 1980, Ted Turner launched the Cable News Network to provide viewers with news and information twenty-four hours per day.

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12. Ted Turner used the wealth he gained from his broadcast stations to buy the Atlanta Braves professional baseball team and the Atlanta Hawks professional basketball team.

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13. In 1976, Ted Turner turned his independent station into a national cable TV network.

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14. In 1962, Ed Ted Turner expanded his billboard advertising company into a number of new cities.

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15. In 1960 Ted Turner married Judy Nye, whom he had met through yacht racing.

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16. Ted Turner continued his successful debating career in college, becoming vice president of the Brown Debating Union.

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17. In 1997, Ted Turner announced he would give $1 billion to United Nations programs; he has underwritten a number of other programs devoted to international understanding and peace and the environment.

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18. In 1996, TBS merged with Time Warner Inc Ted Turner became vice chairman of Time Warner in charge of the TBS subsidiary, a position he held until he became a vice chairman of AOL Time Warner.

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19. Ted Turner expanded his sports franchise when he founded the Atlanta Thrashers, a National Hockey League expansion team that began play in 1999.

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20. Ted Turner won the same award again in 1973, 1977 and 1979.

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21. Ted Turner took control of a new Time Warner division that combined its HBO and Cinemax channels with his TV networks.

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22. Ted Turner made his first large sports purchase in 1976, buying the Atlanta Braves baseball team.

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23. In 2002 Ted Turner helped organize the firing of the company's chairman, Steve Case, but he was not named to replace Case as he had hoped.

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24. In 1994 Ted Turner founded the cable channel Ted Turner Classic Movies, taking advantage of his huge film library.

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25. In 1987 Ted Turner began colorizing MGM black-and-white motion pictures, generating protests from film critics and filmmakers.

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26. Ted Turner tried to buy CBS, but CBS's management successfully fought him off with a harsh negative publicity campaign.

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27. On June 23, 1960, Ted Turner married Judy Gale Nye, a young woman he had met while pursuing his passion for sailing.

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28. Ted Turner wanted to attend the United States Naval Academy, but his father demanded that he attend Harvard.

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29. Ted Turner was placed in the Georgia Military Academy near Atlanta.

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30. In 1990 Ted Turner founded The Turner Foundation with the aim of assisting with the conservation and preservation of the environment worldwide.

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31. Ted Turner was the recipient of numerous honours, including a Peabody Award in 1997.

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32. Ted Turner was one of the largest landowners in the United States, and many of his ranches were involved in sustainability and ecotourism.

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33. In 1970 Ted Turner purchased a financially troubled UHF television station in Atlanta, and within three years he made it one of the few truly profitable independent stations in the United States.

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34. In 1995, Ted Turner agreed to sell Ted Turner Broadcasting to Time Warner for $7.5 billion.

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35. Ted Turner maintained his successful UHF formula for programming on the new superstation.

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36. In 1970 Ted Turner took his first step into the television industry.

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37. In 1985, Ted Turner used some of his profits to buy Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

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38. In 1976, Ted Turner made a strategic move to reach an even larger audience through the use of satellite technology.

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39. Ted Turner eventually expanded into television, purchasing the rights to old movies and situation comedies.

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40. In 1950, Ted Turner started attending McCallie, an elite boarding school in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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41. Ted Turner was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on November 19, 1938.

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42. Ted Turner had built a media empire and virtually invented the idea of a twenty four hour news network with CNN.

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43. Ted Turner endorsed Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in the run-up for the 2016 US presidential election.

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44. Ted Turner was inducted into the America's Cup Hall of Fame in 1993, and the National Sailing Hall of Fame in 2011.

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45. Ted Turner appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated on July 4, 1977, after being chosen to lead the 1977 America's Cup defense as skipper of the yacht Courageous.

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46. Ted Turner had purchased the property in 2001 primarily to raise bison.

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47. Ted Turner caused a stir in Montana in 2003 by funding a project to restore westslope cutthroat trout to Cherry Creek and Cherry Lake.

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48. Ted Turner once called observers of Ash Wednesday "Jesus freaks", though he apologized, and dubbed opponents of abortion "bozos".

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49. Ted Turner appealed to Commissioner of Baseball Bowie Kuhn, and showed up to manage the Braves when they returned home.

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50. Ted Turner has had a long-running grudge with fellow cable magnate Rupert Murdoch for years.

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51. Ted Turner resigned as Time Warner vice chairman in 2003 and then from the board of directors in 2006.

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52. Ted Turner bought a 5,000-acre plantation in Jacksonboro, South Carolina, for $2 million.

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53. Ted Turner created the environmental-themed animated series Captain Planet and the Planeteers.

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54. Ted Turner was the largest private landowner in the United States until John C Malone surpassed him in 2011.

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55. Ted Turner helped revive interest in professional wrestling by buying World Championship Wrestling.

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56. Ted Turner turned the Atlanta Braves baseball team into a nationally popular franchise and launched the charitable Goodwill Games.

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57. Ted Turner currently serves as Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors.

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