We Remember

Ted Story

25th January 2015

On what would have been Ted’s 79th birthday, and a year and a half since Ted left us, I’d like to tell you one of the weirdest stories about Ted.

Ted and I travelled to so many countries, places and events together. Ted was always the perfect gentleman. His image and self-image was the warm cuddly Englishman, well-dressed and cultured. Yes, Ted was an artist. And the Bohemian side of him would slip out occasionally. But he was reasonably conventional and predictable in his behaviour. Or so I thought.

About 10 years ago, we were at a Tapestry event in Edinburgh called Music and Creativity. One of the speakers there was the great Professor Howard Gardner of who had created the Multiple Intelligences concept. Professor Gardner gave an interesting lecture on his newer study of what made geniuses succeed (turned out that the main element is having the money to push their ideas or creations forward!). He was one of many amazing lecturers there. On the last evening, there was a concert in which the Royal Scottish National Orchestra playing various pieces that the different lecturers loved. Each lecturer introduced what his favourite composer and composition.  Professor Gardner loved Shostakovich.

In the break, Ted and I dashed down to meet with Professor Gardner. There he was dressed awkwardly in a hired tuxedo instead of his normal Harvard University brown corduroy jacket with patches on the elbows. Howard Gardner was tall and thin – even taller than Ted (and even thinner! – I’m sure Ted will forgive me a little joke here.). We were having a really good chat, when Ted spotted a plastic tag on the sleeve of the tuxedo jacket (hired!). Ted did something which I had never seen him do before and never saw him do again. He bent over and bit off the plastic tag.

Professor Gardner jumped back in shock, surprise and nervous laughter. After we had finished talking and we went away, I asked Ted why he did that. He simply said, that he couldn’t stand to see the plastic tag on the tuxedo, and anyhow, Professor Gardner would always remember us now! Yep – Suggestopedia at its finest.

So that’s today’s memory of Ted. Miss you, Ted!