Is Ted Turner the real Captain Planet?
Best known as the media mogul who founded CNN, Ted Turner is also a conservationist, dedicated to restoring native wildlife in the United States.
In Southwest Montana, beneath the snow-capped peaks of the Rocky Mountains, is a 113,000-acre plot of rugged grassland called the Flying D Ranch. Its rolling meadows are grazed by bison, its thick woodland shelters a pack of wolves, and its crystalline streams teem with trout.
It’s a landscape that probably looks much as it did two centuries ago, a vision that wouldn’t be out of place in an oil painting of the old American West. But it wasn’t always this way. Not so long ago the ranch was lined with wire fences and filled with cattle. That was before it was bought by Ted Turner.
If you don’t know much about the man, it’s hard to imagine a less likely environmentalist.
For much of his life, Turner was known to the world as a brash billionaire nicknamed the “Mouth of the South.”
He was the media mogul who revolutionized cable TV and founded CNN, the world’s first 24-hour news network. He was a hard drinker and a womanizer with three marriages under his belt. He was an action man — a hunter, an America’s Cup-winning sailor and the owner of a baseball, basketball and ice hockey team.