Feb. 8, 1999
Volume 51, No. 19
Ted Turner to speak at Emory Feb. 9
Ted Turner will speak on "Our Common Future" at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, as part of the Future Makers Lecture series. He'll appear in the Woodruff Health Sciences Center auditorium, and all University faculty, staff and students are invited to attend.
Executive Vice President for Health Affairs Michael Johns will use the occasion to present to Turner the Woodruff Medal to honor his contributions fighting the world's increasing health and environmental problems. An informal reception will follow.
An ardent environmentalist and a philanthropist, Turner is president of the Turner Foundation, the family's private grant-making organization, and chairman of the United Nations Foundation, a charitable organization he founded with a $1 billion gift to support United Nations causes.
In Atlanta he is perhaps best known as the founder of WTBS and CNN, the originator of the Goodwill Games and the long-time owner of the Atlanta Braves and Atlanta Hawks franchises. A superior yachtsman, Turner successfully defended America's Cup and has won other national and world sailing titles.
Turner was president of Turner Broadcasting System from 1963 until 1996,
when TBS merged with Time Warner Inc., creating one of the world's leading
media companies. Now vice chairman of Time Warner, he oversees the cable
networks division and continues to oversee the Braves, Hawks and now the
Thrashers, Atlanta's National Hockey League team. A member of many boards,
Turner has received numerous civic and industry awards and honors, including
Time magazine's 1991 Man of the Year.