It is with great sadness that we announce the recent passing of our dear friend and dedicated volunteer, Ted Bailey. Ted was truly a member of the AETN family. While we work through the profound loss of our friend and “co-worker,” we also want to celebrate his life, achievements and the many things that made him so beloved and special.
Ted was very passionate about volunteering his time at AETN and was with us for over 30 years. He was not only a volunteer, but he was a valued member of the Operations Department’s team. He was definitely a long-time, valuable volunteer at AETN, but he was so much more. He was one of ours … a crew member. Although Ted had many other responsibilities and also volunteered his time at the Little Rock Zoo, he always made time for his AETN family. He was a friend to all of us, and he loved being a part of our crew and productions. He was always willing to learn new things along with the crew and do anything asked of him. Ted’s sense of humor was infectious and he was quick to laugh at himself as well as the many funny stories involving AETN productions and crew members. He made an impact on each member of our team with his quiet dedication to AETN.
Ted was a brilliant, highly educated man, who had traveled all over the world, loved symphony music and the ballet, and knew no strangers. He met you once and considered you a friend … he just enjoyed talking to people. He mentioned on many occasions that he was never bored and could find interest in anything. He had worked as a professor at Oklahoma Christian University, Oklahoma State University and the University of Central Arkansas. He also used his great mind for work at NASA. In school, he was voted Most Intelligent Person. He had a love for TV early in his life and completed his doctoral thesis on TV in the classroom.
Ted’s countless hours of service were rewarded with the “AETN Volunteer of the Year” award. Not only did Ted love volunteering at AETN, but he loved watching it as well. The British comedies were among his favorite programs. It was exciting for him to turn his interest in TV into real-life experience as part of the “crew.” He was fascinated with the inner workings of the director’s booth and the directing of shows. The Operations crew has many great memories of fun times with Ted over the years on-set and in the “booth.” Ted was an irreplaceable part of the team. He will be fondly remembered walking into the director’s booth saying, “Ted reporting for duty!” with pride. We will miss him terribly, but he will never be forgotten.
Thank you, Ted, from your AETN family for your faithful dedication, kindness, love and zest for life. We are all better people because we knew you!