"A world-class talent and ghoul." It is a fairly simple mystery as to why Ted loathed Hemingway so - Adriana Ivancich. "Married, near-blind and bloated by the bottle and, deservedly so, a success, the gluttonous beast could not resist." In the interest of fairness, Ted and Adriana had met just once - at a masked celebration of Manzu's Venice Biennale exhibition. Hemingway brought about the end of their 'courtship' just as El Papa Doble, in a more glacial manner, undid Bumby.
"If there is no horizon let go the pick and prospect - for myopia renders industry, no matter conviction, futile and all Godly gifts immaterial."
July 7th, 1974
Ted speaking to the Dutch national team who trailed West Germany 2-1 in the '74 World Cup Final. Despite Ted's spirited, if not oblique, words of encouragement, Oranje would fail to score again.
"A man should only present himself as born to his lover, medic or mortician."
Millbrook, New York
June 18th, 1968
Just weeks into his ill-fated "Walking Hunger Strike" protesting the publishing of "Humanae Vitae", Ted found himself on the Mellon's Millbrook estate co-inhabited by Timothy Leary during the latter's first post-Harvard retreat. Ted would later recount, in his third autobiography By Horse or Hearse [italicize], running into a "gang of naked and disoriented imps" whom he "couldn't distance my being from soon enough". Whether or not these words were spoken to Mr. Leary in particular is unknown.
"My breath, blood and sanity have been pushed to the middle of the pot. Give me justice or take all that I have left."
Il-Gzira, Repubblika Ta' Malta
June 18th, 1971
Informed that his entry, Faust III, was not a sanctioned vessel, Ted made a case for exemption to all who’d listen with words and a deftly handled antique sabre.
"I have never driven an ambulance only to later mistaken it for a Mark I."
Anchorage Westward-Hilton Hotel
February 5th, 1981
Excerpt from Ted's keynote speech at The Alaska Convention of Lodges wherein The Grand Lodge of Alaska was formally recognized by the Free and Accepted Masons. The title of Ted's speech "Be Damned" has been widely accepted by historians as a two-pronged offensive on one-time comrades Hemingway and Sanchez.
"It is a fine line that which lays between the resolute and the stubborn."
April 25th, 1946
Ted consoling professor F.X. Williams. Three years earlier Williams, a long-time pen pal of Ted's, had introduced the Ampulex Compressa to the 50th state in the interests of biological pest control. The professor's scheme of enlisting the Jewel Wasp - which poisons a cockroach, rendering it a virtual zombie - to eradicate the islands' Blattaria problem was in no uncertain terms a failure.
"Peace shall come, eventually, to each of you for the vagabond grace of us sinners also flutters towards the fingertips of angels."
Caravaggio Room, Galleria degli Uffizi
April 21, 1977
Leading a tour of visiting students from Ft. Lauderdale’s Winston Academy Middle School. Ted, in no way associated with either the Uffizi or the school, had taken to leading tours when on leave from the US Embassy.
"A fool is the first to bellow 'Eureka!'; alerting the wolves of fresh blood and the Gods of a loop hole."
On the set of Perils of Nyoka
Los Angeles, California
April 18th, 1942
It was during a visit to 'Republic Pictures' filming of "Perils of Nyoka" that Ted met actor Steve Clemente [aka Esteban Clemento Morro] and was introduced to his life-long love of knife throwing. On set to see oft-escort Kay Aldridge, Ted was amazed at Clemente's poise. "There is no luck in this adventure - a marksman, and a scientist, does not happen upon a kill."
"Was I duped by leaches, criminals and turncoats? Yes. Did I enjoy every minute of the debacle? Hell yes!" Ted bankrolled The Buck Turgidson, an eight stool, four booth saloon in Georgetown, while serving as US Ambassador to the Loa People's Democratic Republic [1966-68]. Hopes of hosting "A haven free of gibberish, prying sycophants and Russkie sympathizers" were, sadly, but a folly as Ted's generosity outweighed any business aptitude and The Buck was abruptly shuttered on Easter Sunday 1968.
On holiday at the Sweeney Farm, Great Pride, in County Cork, Ted hears of President Ronald Reagan's call for public and congressional support of his SDI - Star Wars - defense initiative. Torn, Ted discussed the news with his hose Ewan Sweeney. "Is he a good President? Who am I to say? I can vouch for him as a man and as an accomplished card player. If pressed, I'd say no. No, Dutch is not a good President and that hurts me because I consider him a dear friend. I simply can not find favor - especially when challenged by bold faced lies such as 'The United States does not start fights.' If he was here today, I'd say, straight-away, 'Listen Dutch, we're American, we were born fighting. Embrace it good man and cast aside any commie who dares question our right to enforce the law.'"