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>> tomorrow night, what if tragedy hadn't struck 50 years ago? what if john f. kennedy may have lived? we'll look at all that tomorrow. ted turn, the maverick man, starts right now. who thought the world needed 24/7 news? >> i did. >> he changed tv news forever. >> most of my college thought ted was nuts. >> sailing, media, environment, the united nations. 1 billion is a good round number. >> you changed the world. >> yeah, i know. >> the called him captain outrageous and the mouth of the
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south. >> there's no cutoff between the brain and the mouth with ted. >> ted was a little unorthodox and a little unpredictable. >> he built a media empire. he won the america's cup. >> got to go as fast as we can here. >> the world series. >> he put the atlanta braves organization on the map. >> and the heart of jane fonda. >> i will never love anyone like i love him. >> before his world came crashing down. >> it's been a very painful experience, obviously. >> a journey like no other. >> the fact that he was taken off that focus allowed him to go to the next important phase of his life. the third act.
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>> there they are. some of them. >> you notice almost all of them are the same distance apart from the others. >> why is that? >> i was kind of hoping you could tell me. >> this is where ted's next chapter begins. on one of his 27 properties spanning 2 million acres. >> okay, guys. >> they're talking a little bit too much for me. >> what he has done is staggering. he's created a template for what men and women who own large tracts of land can do to save nature, to save wildlife. >> new priorities, new ventures. >> you cannot take a business person like my father and just saddle him into a stall. he just doesn't do well sitting
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around. >> i don't know how to quit. it's not in my genes. >> sur prici >> surprisingly, the mouth of the south was born in cincinnati, ohio. the eldest child of robert and florence. >> he was beautiful. he was just love beyond all else. >> there was a vacant lot, a hollow, down the street with virgin trees in it and a little creek ran through it. and i would catch crayfish and put them in a jar. >> mischief was always around the corner. >> yes. mischief, yes. we got a call from the house saying, grandma mccoy in the middle of the night had walked into her bathroom and screamed "oh, my gosh. ted brought an alligator and put anytime the bathtub". >> but there was also trouble at
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the turner household. ted's dad was a good provider but had violent mood swings. >> your dad spanked you with a razor strap. >> a razor strap and a wire coat hanger. >> he would hit you like that? >> yeah. but on the behind. i mean, it wasn't dangerous or anything like that. it just hurt like the devil. >> but it hurt. >> yeah! >> i was aware that he was treated harshly intermittently. and i had no idea what to do about it or what to make of it at that age. but i was sort of troubled by it. >> when his dad joined the navy, ted was shipped off to boarding school at the age of four. >> well, i will never forget. it was our second date. he told me about his childhood. he turned and looked at me and he said, why are you crying?" because tears were pouring down
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my face. because i knew what it meant in terms of his development as a person to have had such a really, really difficult early life. >> after the war ended, ted's dad relocated the family to savannah, georgia. he bought a small billboard company and renamed it tuner advertising. he insisted ted, not yet a teenager, learn the business. >> i worked a full 40-hour week when i was out of school in the summer. the first year when i was 12 years old he paid me 10 cents an hour. >> tensions grew between father and son, and the family fell apart when ted's 17-year-old sister, mary jean, passed away after a long battle with lupus. her death tested ted's faith. >> at one point i was going to be a missionary. >> when you say a missionary, i've known you for awhile.
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religion is not necessarily something i've associated with ted turner. >> no. my faith was shaken when my sister got sick. she was sick for five years before she passed away. and it just seemed so unfair, because she hadn't done anything wrong. christianity didn't give me the answer to that. so my faith got shaken somewhat. i still pray a little bit. >> ted found solace on the water where he developed a love for sailing. by age 11 he was competed in the junior regatta of the savannah yacht club. his parents divorced after his sister's death, and his relationship with his father remained strained. when ted was accepted to brown university, his dad berated him for not getting into harvard. he sent ted a letter that still haunts him today. >> my dear son, i'm appalled, even horrified, that you have
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adopted classics as a major. as a matter of fact, i almost puked on the way home today. i think you're rapidly becoming a jackass. devotedly, dad. >> what goes through your mind? >> well, i disagreed with him. respectfully. >> his father stopped paying tuition. >> how much after this letter did you drop out of brown? >> oh, about a year. when i ran out of money. >> his father really wanted ted to come work for him, to continue the dynasty. >> coming up, the dark legacy of ted's father. >> he went against everything that he'd taught me. and this will be your premium right here. sorry to interrupt, i just want to say, i combined home and auto with state farm, saved 760 bucks. love this guy.
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in 1960, ted turner left college. his father couldn't have been more pleased. >> he thought i was wasting my time. >> you leave brown and go into your dad's billboard business. >> right. >> ted was a natural from the beginning, and his dad quickly made him manager of the company's macon, georgia branch. >> he was running the billboard company there, building more billboards, selling more billboards, make lots of money for his father and for the company. >> already one of the biggest billboard companies in the south, ed turner took a risk to make it the biggest. he borrowed $4 million, bought out his largest competitor, and then lost his nerve. >> he had kind of a nervous breakdown. >> fear of defaulting on the loan consumed him.
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>> and he went against everything that he taught me, to be courageous and hang in there. and so it was -- it really shook me. then a couple of days later, he killed himself. >> ed turner shot himself in his bathtub in march 1963. the loss left a void ted has felt ever since. >> are you the man you are today, at least in part because of your father? >> oh, sure. one of the things he told me, he said, set your goals so high that you can't achieve them in your lifetime. >> so he really worked hard to try to instill in you that same kind of competitive goal? >> yeah. and he did a good job of it. >> and yet to this day, ted has conflicted feelings about his
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father. the man who inflicted so much pain was also his mentor. >> when that happened, it was like losing his best friend. and i think that that's one of the things that has driven him like a madman. >> it was very important to ted even when his dad was alive to try to please him. >> but to please his dad, ted had to do everything his father's way. >> if his dad had not killed himself, he'd still be working for my grandfather. and his grandfather would have not let him do anything new or innovative. >> but now, ted could be as innovative as he wanted. ed turner had left his 24-year-old son $1 million in assets, and complete control of the company. >> after the funeral, i just went to work even harder to try and get it behind me. >> ted had been married for four years, and his hectic schedule was taking a toll on his young
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family. >> ted was married to his first wife, had two children, but he was spending all his time working trying to save the company, build the company. so it didn't work out. >> divorced, then remarried, ted eventually had three more kids but wasn't much of a family man. >> dad really wasn't around very much. he was either off sailing or he was building his empire. >> he's not really good at the atta boys. >> you know, i don't think my dad told me he loved me until i was 30. >> and yet ted always wanted the best for his family, even if that meant a change of scenery. >> my father got us out of atlanta when we were pre-teens getting to the age where diversions come along. and so he thought it would be good for us to be raised in the country. so we picked up and moved to south carolina to hope plantation. >> life at the plantation was
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challenging. >> of course, when we lived there there was no air conditioning there, were no showers. it was just bathtubs there. it was living in an old farmhouse in the woods. >> the pulled pigweed. the painted the barn. he gave them machete knives and he went out with them in the woods to chop down poison oak and ivy. >> we were raised in a very frugal manner. dad always says he didn't get rich from wasting money. >> dad had a way of making everything an adventure. kenya and kittemas, and two - black bear, yogi and boo boo. >> my dad's never been one to shy away from danger. he would send us into the buffalo pass tur to run the buffalo up to the front so the guests could see them. like who does that? >> while his family lived in south carolina, ted worked tirelessly at his company's headquarters in atlanta.
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to expand his bile board business, he soon acquired several radio stations and then a small local tv station. >> was that a risky decision? >> yeah. because i didn't have any background. i put everything i had into the one television station in atlanta. >> i don't have enough speed. >> and in his free time, he put everything he had into sailing. the sport he'd loved since childhood. >> we're going to be right about on. >> that was my sport i concentrated on. >> trim! >> i worked really hard at becoming a champion in sailing. >> and the holy grail of championship sailing was the america's cup. >> it took him from 1958 to 1977 to do it. but he had a heavy focus and didn't let anybody get in the way of that. >> he got crushed in the america's cup in 1974. so it was kind of the ultimate
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comeback for him. >> it's close. it's always close. >> the we're year was 1977. ted took the helm and navigated his team to victory after nearly two decades in the sport. his yacht, aptly named courageous, totally dominated its competition, winning every race in the best out of seven series. >> we finally won. big hoop la. 1,000 boats coming in. thousands of people on the shoreline. champagne everywhere. and ted turns to me in the middle of this melee and said, hey, johnson, yeah, wasn't that fun? then he said, this will change our lives. because we have proven to people that if we can do this we can do many other things. >> when we return. >> take a letter. >> ted turner changes the landscape of tv news forever. >> ready camera 3. one center up. >> good evening i'm david walker. >> and i'm low is haris hart.
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bigger, better bolder. ted turner had significantly grown his business. once sailing ace most prestigious race and bought a bankrupt tv station. >> it was a broken-down uhf television station in atlanta. television at its basest form. >> this is 17 update. >> what next? using that little station to launch a huge idea. >> he began to tell me about how
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he was going to transform uhf television into this new world of satellite television. >> we've changed the name of turner communications to the turner broadcasting system. >> ted renamed the station wtbs. it became the nation's first superstation and was one of the first channels of what would evolve into a cable universe with thousands more. >> this is wtbs, atlanta, georgia. >> in the early days of the superstation, programming still was at a premium. and we didn't have as much as we needed. >> and that programming didn't give the small station the national footprint ted wanted. his solution? buy a baseball team. ♪ if we can't do it nobody can >> the braves broadcast nation-wide on tbs became america's team. >> come seat big league team with little league spirit. we're in atlanta. >> we didn't see the future like
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ted did. innovative businessmen create markets. >> superstation tbs. >> we created one by putting us on tv. he knew eventually we were going to play some better baseball but we needed to get this product out there and create that market. >> when we bought them in 1976 the were terrible. we finished last many more times than we finished in the first division in baseball. >> but ted could even make the best out of a bad situation. >> ted came into the clubhouse. he yelled across the room, murph, don't worry about that slump you're in. you're saving me thousands of dollars in our next no. >> from the clubhouse to the dugout, ted was there. he even put on a uniform and managed the team for a day. >> i figure this is a good time for me to get down and find out what goes down here for me on the field. >> i think he may have had the shortest career as a manager in the history of the game. >> by 1981 the team had gone
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from worst to first. four years later the were world series champs. >> when the won, i'll just never forget. it was one of the great highs of our time together. >> as ted built his superstation, he was dreaming up an even bigger idea, a 24-hour news channel. >> this news service will be called the cable news network. >> i worked until 7:00. when i got home the news was over. so i missed television news completely. and i figured there were lots of people like me. >> you can do so much more in 24 hours than you can in 24 minutes. >> you had this maverick down in atlanta, georgia, who had decided that he was going to provide news around the clock, 24 hours a day. not just at 6:00 when cronkite or the others would be coming on with the evening news.
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>> we're a live worldwide news network. >> we had no background in news. but it was plainly a major genre in cable television that was missing finally you can see our news cable news network headquarters. 90,000 square feet of the future. >> most thought the idea was crazy. >> people did look upon that as a foolish idea that was destined for failure. but the underestimated ted turner. >> we sign in on june 1. barring satellite problems in the future we won't be signing off until the world ends we will cover it live. >> ted had 11 months to get the station on the air. >> we had no bureaus, no cameras, no cameramen, no employees, not a single one. when we signed on we had bureaus in tokyo, moscow, the whole deal. >> i dedicate the news channel
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for america, the cable news network. >> stand by. >> on june 1st, 1980, cnn aired its first broadcast. >> good evening. i'm david water. >> and i'm lois hart. now here's the news. >> it took five years and $250 million before cnn turned a corner financially. and ted was working around the clock to make it happen. >> i lived for 20 years in my office. >> which was right in the cnn building over there. >> right. i lived on a couch in my office the first ten years. >> he was one of us. i mean, he would be in his house coat down having breakfast in the hard news cafe. >> despite his efforts, critics called cnn chicken noodle news. and the white house would not
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even issue cnn press credentials. >> liftoff of the 25th space shuttle mission. >> even so from the start ted knew what he wanted. >> bring the shot up. oh, my goodness. >> ted didn't care as much about ratings as he did about being the most trusted name in news. >> and being a network that had truly global impact. >> what he was doing was going to affect every state in the nation and every nation in the world. >> cnn took turner to cuba to meet fidel castro. >> he convinced castro to open a cnn bureau there. >> and even to the soviet union where ted created the goodwill games. >> maybe in a very short period of time this will be kind of a blueprint for how we can go about ending the arms race. that's certainly my dream. >> the games lasted for 16 years
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there may be no state of the union tonight. >> by the mid 80s, the little network that could was ready for expansion. >> so ted transformed an aging hotel complex in atlanta into cnn center. and that wasn't all. >> we're ready to go to your phone calls. we start with austin, texas. >> ted had managed to land a talk show host named larry king. >> one day out of the blue ted calls me. he says, listen, we'd like to have you come to cnn. i had never seen cnn. >> that wasn't the only obstacle. larry already had a job. and ted wanted him to start at cnn just four days late. >> the called the show "larry king live." i knew ten minutes into that show, ten minutes talking to
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mario cuomo that show was going to make it. ted saw that. ted saw that. >> cnn was growing. and so was the rest of ted's empire. he bought mgm's entire library of films, including his favorite movie "gone with the wind." >> frankly, my dear, i don't give a damn. >> that launched tnt, a network that would air them. after that, cartoon network, turner classic movies, and networks in that the inamerilat, europe and the middle east. ted's next conquest would be personal. >> he and i both were fishing for bass. and he told me he had just heard that jane fonda was going to get a divorce from her husband. he was thinking about asking her for a date. >> those ink was barely dry on her divorce papers, ted made his move. >> i picked up the phone. this boomg voice. is it true?
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i said, is what true? you and hayden, are you divorcing? i said yes. he says, you want to go out? >> she said, i'm devastated. and i don't want to talk about going out. >> i said, i'm actually in the middle of a nervous breakdown. call me in six months. i thought, this guy is crazy. this is not what i want to hear right now. >> and i called her six months to the day. she agreed to have dinner with me. it was love at first sight. >> the lovebirds tied the knot at after lon plantation, ted's property outside monticello, florida. >> i will! [ laughter ] >> my friends would meet him and get to know him. they'd always say, he's like a little boy. and it's wonderful and loving.
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and you can't help but love it. but there's also a sadness to it. >> a sadness jane knew too well. she too had lost a parent to suicide and lived through a difficult childhood. >> among the many things he taught me was to laugh. i come from a family that's a bit on the depressive side. >> and jane helped teach ted to be more involved as a father. >> i spoke to him about my own regrets about not being a better parent. i tried to model for him. >> including at christmas. >> i had seen home movies of earlier christmases that were really not so fun that, were pretty tense. >> pick up the papers and put them in the other room, okay? tv games upstairs, okay, not downstairs. goodbye. >> he had three kids in military college. very buttoned up. it was a semblance of order. and when jane came along, all of a sudden there really wasn't any
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of this order anymore. she knew more about us than my dad knew about us. she had done her homework. >> their time together was a happy time for everybody. it was kind of like camelot. >> ted's family life was thriving, and business was booming when he hired a "los angeles times" publisher to run cnn. >> i've worked with some really some unbelievably powerful people. ted rattles my cage. >> things were about to get even more intense. >> it was my second day on the job when saddam hussein ininvaded kuwait. >> war was imminent. >> the united states strongly con dems the military nation of kuwait. >> the urged all networks to pull personnel out of the war zone. >> i told the president we had
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freedom of the press in the united states. as long as i had volunteers that would stay i was going to leave them there. >> cnn's baghdad boys were still on the front lines even when the war started. >> the skies over baghdad have been illuminated. >> we went on the air. and i was getting reaction from the pentagon to what the were all watching cnn. >> right. >> on january 16th, 1991, for the first time in history, a war began live on television and it was only on cnn. >> you can hear the bombs now. they are hitting the center of the city. >> i still believe that was the greatest scoop in the history of journalism. >> to this day. >> to this day. >> after launching, cnn had become the most trusted news outlet in the world. >> this is cnn. >> and ted was time magazine's man of the year. >> and i was only one of two
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by the mid 90s, ted had sold his beloved cable empire to time warner. he was beyond rich. but stripped of power. >> in hindsight, i think it was a mistake. >> ted had a new boss, time warner ceo gerald levin. >> a lot of high fives today. >> the two appeared together on cnn the day the made their deal. >> ted's not going anywhere. in fact, he's now going to be the largest shareholder of time warner, and he's going to become the vice-chairman. >> ted embraced the diminished role as well as he could. >> everything went fine until we merged with aol. >> talk of the merger came in the late 90s, the dot-com
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business was booming. execs wanted in on the action. ted pushed back. >> even though he had a significant stake and should have been listened to, i don't think he was listened to. >> in his deepest self, he knew it was wrong. >> this really is a historic moment. >> it was the biggest corporate merger ever. a $160 billion deal. but no one could predict the burst of the dot-com bubble just months later. aol fell flat. and the stock price took a nose dive. >> we were present for the greatest business debacle in the history of american business. >> investors lost more than $150 billion. and ted, time warner's biggest individual stockholder, took a beating. >> your net worth goes from 10 billion to 2 billion. and around that same time as the dot-com -- >> it actually went down to closer to 1 billion. by then i'd given the $1 billion to the u.n. >> time warner executives
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restructured the company. ted was shut out. >> the offered me an extension on my contract at $1 million a year. and i said, well, what are me duties going to be? the said, you're not going to have any duties. >> ted got shafted. and it hurt. the idea that the guy who built all of it was no longer responsible for overseeing it, mind boggling. >> you were quoted as saying for the first time in my life i had been fired. >> that's right. >> none of news our wildest dreams at that moment knew that it could end like it did. >> it's been a very painful experience, obviously. because i really loved the company. >> to make matters worse, during the tumultuous merger, ted had been dealing with even more pain. the death of his marriage. >> jane fonda says to you, i want a divorce. >> yeah.
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oh, yeah. with everything considered, it was a tough time. >> i would say for the first eight years it was great. ted is an exciting person and very funny and very wise. but we always were moving. we lived out of suitcases. i kept saying to him, we need to slow down. >> jane gave ted an ultimatum. settle down or lose her. >> and he couldn't do it. if ted were ted but without the need to have my constant presence, we would still be together. there's no question about it. >> after ten years of marriage, ted and jane divorced in 2001. it was like a knife in ted's heart. >> terminating our marriage was a very difficult thing to do. >> and it was very, very sad. because we loved each other. and i remember when we got the
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kids together and he announced that we were separating. and there were tears, yeah. >> i love her very much. and i always -- i always will. >> ted was inconsolable. his family worried about his state of mind. >> the fact that he lost jane and he lost the company all at one time, i can't even go to that bad place. >> i actually called dad and told him, be strong. the family loves him so much. just for being better than his father. but don't disappoint yourself by taking this any further, deeper, dark. >> that dark scary place that had pushed his father to the edge. >> that was always an option for ted turner, one very dark night out here he contemplated what is it worth to live one's life?
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>> he would start thinking about all the things that he was grateful for. children and his grandchildren, all the other blessings. and that got him through those thoughts of suicide. >> and he ultimately made it through that night, deep in insomnia, deeply depressed. and he saw the rising sun out here in montana. and he thought to himself, i want to live and i want to make the world a better place for them. >> coming up, ted's nine lives. >> hi. >> it was kind of a blessing in disguise. [ tires screech ] ♪ [ male announcer ] 1.21 gigawatts. today, that's easy. ge is revolutionizing power. supercharging turbines with advanced hardware and innovative software. using data predictively to help power entire cities. so the turbines of today... will power us all...
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i watch cnn all the time. it's about the only thing i watch. not happy with every bit of it, but i watch it. >> he's gone, but he's still trying to run the show. >> and i think we made a mistake taking the ticker off the sports scores. >> it was more than just a company to me. it was a way of life. >> that's my penthouse up on the roof. then that's my office right under my home. >> do you own this whole building? do you only building? >> bought it. >> you see cnn out of your kitchen over here. >> that's right. i moved two blocks away so i could look out the window. i joked, i said, if you need me just put up a white flag and i'll be over there in five minutes. >> more than a decade later, still traumatized about losing
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his baby, the network he built. >> this is cnn. >> i would have voted strongly against the merger with aol. it's all right. i can take it. it was kind of a blessing in disguise. >> now he can focus on what he wants to do, and it sounds cliche' but save the planet. >> the media titan who pioneered 24/7 tv news devoted himself full time to his lifelong passions. the environment and philanthropy. >> i'm going to be a fundraiser to raise more money so everybody that's rich in the world expect a call or a letter from me because i'm coming after you to get money for the u.n. >> he shot to fame in the charity world 16 years ago when he made a shocking and historic $1 billion pledge to the united nations, creating the u.n. foundation. >> came in the dining room. ted was way over in the other
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corner. he yells out, hey, werth, you want to run this foundation? he wanted to focus on two issues, women's reproductive health and population. >> in 2001, ted created the nuclear threat initiative. >> he thinks everything's his responsibility. >> he enlisted senator sam nunn to join him in the fight against weapons of mass destruction. >> chemical and biological, making sure we have everything in place to secure nuclear material. >> and over the years, his own turner foundation has awarded countless grants. >> ted has allowed us to give over $363 million in order to make this world a better place. clean air, clean water. >> congratulations, ted and laura. >> ted's five children are the trustees of the foundation. >> dad calls it his turnerverse. >> his legacy is his kids for
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sure. >> as he's aging, he wants to know that he will go out with the love of his children and his grandchildren. that may not always have been important to him, but it's important to him now. and so he's doing what he needs to do. >> he's a great grandfather as well as a father. >> we love you, grandpa. >> love you, grandpa. >> we go out and look at the wolves in montana, and grandpa will howl at the wolves and they'll howl back. [ howling ] >> ted's love of the outdoors has made him perhaps the number one environmentalist that i've ever known. >> i want to be able to sit on
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the porch and look out and see the reflection in the middle of the lake of the mountains. >> our golden pond, yes. >> at the flying d, ted's ranch near boseman, montana, he zeroed in on what he thought was missing from his land. >> why do you love the bison so much? >> because it's a native american animal. and there were no cattle here when the white man came. trying to restore the native ecosystem. >> ted has made it his mission to save endangered wildlife, like the bison. he started the turner endangered species fund to make it work. >> the whole idea is to put wild populations back in place. there's nobody out there doing this kind of stuff. >> we've grown our bison herd to a fairly significant amount. 55,000 head of animals. but also it's been profitable. and ted had that in mind at the outset. >> what ted had in mind was a
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business venture that could ensure their survival, restaurants that feature bison. >> there's 44 in 16 states across the country. by making them commercial, there's a reason for ranchers to have them. once you do that the gene pool starts to expand. we've doubled the size of the herd. >> the truth of the matter, this is ted's words not mine, the restaurants have kept me alive. he calls me every morning. he wants to know what's going on. he's involved. you know, it lifts his spirits. >> don't run out of food. >> he made sure that if he was no longer the head of this empire that he built, that he would have something to step into that would challenge him and keep him going. i mean, it was genius. >> this last act in ted turner's life is his most important one. >> the book has not been finished here. i can't wait for the next surprise. >> ted is still on top of the
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world in thinking about what can be done to make it a better place. >> we must never dismiss who he is. and who he has been. and what he has done for the world is beyond any individual that i can think of. and we must never forget that. >> and what about a new chapter for ted and jane? >> do you love her still? >> yeah. >> to this very day? >> to this very day. >> you look great. >> i've thought about it. i have. i can't ever forget the reasons that made me fall in love with him. >> if there is a true legend, it's ted turner. >> he broke every mold. he changed the world. >> i don't think we'll ever see another one like him again. >> the greatest i'll ever play for. >> nothing was ever too
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ambitious for ted. >> bold, courageous, risk taker. >> the very thing about ted turner is there's no halfway. >> i consider him to be one of my best friends. >> given his childhood, he should have become a dictator. he's turned out to be a good guy. and he's just a miracle. he's a miracle. >> it's been a long journey from the hardships of growing up to a career synonymous with success. but this man who has accomplished so much still long for approval from the man who drove him the hardest. >> i'd like to show him what i did. i think he would have been impressed. and he was a hard guy to and he was a hard guy to impress.
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-- captions by vitac -- "outfront" next a conservative u.s. congressman busted for cocaine. plus george zimmerman free again despite new allegations. and a virginia state senator stabbed repeatedly in his own home. his son found dead at the scene. let's go "outfront." good evening, everyone. i'm erin burnett. "outfront" we begin with the breaking news a congressman busted for cocaine. florida congressman trey ravell arrested for quote unlawfully, knowingly and intentionally possessing cocaine. the freshman will appear in court tomorrow. he faces misdemeanor charges and up to 180 days in


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