DealBook, in pointing to a Boston Globe story about Ted Turner's departure from the Time Warner board, notes that Turner left "quietly". (The Globe calls it "uncharacteristically understated.") The TW shareholders were, during the course of Turner's leaving, subjected to a video tribute to Turner that we didn't get to see, but that probably included shots of Turner smiling and laughing in slow motion, against a track of "Wild Horses" by the Rolling Stones. Or at least that's how we imagine it.
But we say all of that not without a pang of sadness. We loved Turner for the same reason we loved Scott McNealy: he was so damn quotable. So in memory of Ted Turner's TWX board tenure, we give you Ted Turner quotes for all occasions:
Most relevant: this one - "I know what I'm having 'em put on my tombstone: 'I have nothing more to say'."
Ted Turner Steps Down Quietly
I'd say the chances are about 50-50 that humanity will be extinct or nearly extinct within 50 years. Weapons of mass destruction, disease, I mean this global warming is scaring the living daylights out of me.
If I only had a little humility, I'd be perfect.
My son is now an "entrepreneur." That's what you're called when you don't have a job.
The United States has got some of the dumbest people in the world. I want you to know that we know that.
To be happy in this world, first you need a cell phone and then you need an airplane. Then you're truly wireless.