Smoking Jacket

August 22, 2005

Ted Turner

Ted Turner’s 1997 pledge of $1 billion to the United Nations was a historic act of charity and a notable Challenge aimed directly at fellow business billionaires awash in profits of the 1990s. CNN reported, “Turner chided fellow billionaires Bill Gates and Warren Buffett for not donating more money to charity. ‘What good is wealth sitting in the bank?’ Turner said at the annual meeting of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. ‘It’s a pretty pathetic thing to do with your money.’” This play could be interpreted as a Call Out in that it sought to do more than simply invite a player to cross a line. It was intended by Turner to force his peers to part with their stubbornly-held riches, to smoke them out of their favored position. “