Journal of the San Juan Islands


To Ted, his family, and to his humor | Letters

May 29, 2014 · Updated 2:56 PM

I remember back in the 1990s when the deer were using the airport runway for grazing, before the fence. The fence became the “issue” of the winter season. There always seemed to be an “issue” that was knocked around during the winter by the permanent residents back then.

When the Department of Wildlife got involved, I decided to write a parody of Ted’s articles to lighten it up and write from the animal’s point of view on the fence. They were signed “Bambi and Spirit Eagle.”

I substituted names using humor. I remember one was, “Mob Grumble” of the Port of Orcas, Bob Gamble. I submitted the first one to the Sounder with some trepidation and was pleasantly surprised that Ted printed it!

I continued with the “Bambi” letters until the issue was put to bed—unfortunately with the Department of Wildlife killing the Deer. Ted printed them all!

That’s when I learned about Ted’s sense of humor. In fact, he went on to use my “Bambi” format for the April Fool’s edition every year after that!

My prayers are with Ted’s family at this painful time.

Spirit Eagle, Orcas Island


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