In 1957, Ted Turner was 18 and studying at Brown University. He was so inspired by a professor there that he decided to major in Classics.
His father was furious about his choice for a college major; he felt the retrospective nature of the subject was better suited for recreational reading rather than university-level study. He also felt that a more practical and mainstream major would grant Ted access to a larger professional network and bring him in contact with career-oriented doers. In contrast, the academic and intellectual pursuit of Classics, he believed, would slot him in an isolated group of dreamers, with relatively commercially-unviable interests in Greek, such as the works of Aristotle and Plato. (more…)