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A young islander, named Ahtum, has set sail on his first sail-about, a requirement for the navigator initiates of his people. From Tonowa, a remote island in the Pacific, he's navigating not by map or compass, but by ocean currents, stars and weather patterns, between worlds and times, traditions and values, justice and injustice. A beautiful day with just enough food and water; he has no idea of the love, the tragedy and the call to leadership that lie before him.
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Ted was born in Oakland, California in 1929. An artistic child, he studied dance, piano and trumpet from the age of five. During that time his mother taught on an Indian reservation in Oklahoma. Ted recalled entertaining the idea of being kidnapped by the Indians and living like them. When he was eleven Ted and his family moved a block away from Oakland’s Lake Merritt where he developed a love for sailboat racing and building hot-rods and motorcycles. He began studying music at U.C. Berkeley before joining the U.S. Marines in 1951. After completing boot camp Ted married Jean Land, a young woman from Orinda, CA, and for the next three years he served in a rifle platoon in Korea. Upon returning to Oakland in 1953 Ted went back to college. Already an altruist at heart, and more so as a result of the war, he decided to switch his major to a subject that he believed would enable him to inspire kids to make a difference in the world. He received his BA in Literature from UC Berkeley while raising two sons and working as a mechanic at Elmert’s Garage in Berkeley, CA. Throughout his life Ted supported many civil liberty and human rights organizations and acquired a deep admiration for Dr. King, Gandhi, the plight of the American Indian and later the Zapatista Rebellion in Chiapas in 1994. From 1961 to 1989 he taught 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grades El Sobrante, CA. Due to his responsibilities as a teacher and a father Ted never had the time to devote to the arts until several years into his retirement. He devoted the first fifteen years of retirement to creating numerous figurative sculptures which he then distributed and sold in fine art galleries on Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco as well as in China and Great Britain. After developing a blood reaction to what was thought to be additives in the clays he was using, Ted stopped sculpting but not before completing his last commissioned work commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Liberation of Guam, now standing before the Governor’s Mansion in Guam’s capital city, Agana. Having completed that chapter of his life Ted went back to working on his books "Korea" and then entitled "Another World - The People" now entitled "The People" was in draft form in 2005 when dementia began to thwart his efforts to gain any more headway on it and “Korea” which remains incomplete. Ted died on June 1, 2010 in Walnut Creek, California.
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