Golly and Ted's excellent adventure

Casey’s tales spurred readers into writing about episodes with their special friends

TED THE CHARMER

Last week’s story about the adventures (and attitudes) of my trusty suitcase, Casey, prompted memories for Ross Dowling, chairman of Destination Perth and honorary professor of tourism at Edith Cowan University’s School of Business Law.

He had a globe trotting teddy bear companion. Called Ted, of course. Ross explains: “About 25 years ago, when my wife Wendy and I were staying with her parents in Christchurch, New Zealand, my mother-in-law, Doreen, was amazed to learn that my childhood had not included having a teddy bear.” Doreen and Wendy bought Ted as a present.

When Ross’s first grandchildren, Shenee and Paige, arrived, Ted became quite a hit. “On long car rides, Ted was a favourite as he passed the time keeping the children amused by all of his in-car antics. Ted became their number one confidant and he was urged not to share their private conversations with us mere humans. It was as though the children and Ted were on a higher plane than us older humans.”

Ted (clearly very much in charge of the car) would “forget” where he was going and sometimes take them all down the wrong road, much to the chagrin of the grandchildren.

Ross continues: “In the early 2000s, Shenee and Paige and their family moved to London. During that time I was travelling around the world in my role as professor of tourism at Edith Cowan University, always accompanied by my wife Wendy and, of course, the adventurous Ted. In order to keep our grandchildren in touch with our travels, Ted decided to write a journal and tell of his many escapades to far-flung places.

“And so ‘The Adventures of Ted’ was born, with Ted writing his travels in scrapbooks, all illustrated with photos of himself undertaking various adventures, meeting new people, and occasionally being feted like a superstar."

This is an edited version of the original, full-length story, which you can read here.

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