The best six years of my working life were as Ted's employee. He was an inspirational and lovable employer, and I felt deeply, personally committed to his work. I am grieved to learn of his passing, and saddened that I found out so late.
Thank you, Ted, for all you taught and all you gave to the people in your life; for your sense of intelligence, fairness, and kindness; for your inspiring ability to make books in a world that keeps trying—and failing— to move beyond them. I am humbled to have worked for you, and to have been treated like family from my first day in the office. I had always hoped to exchange words with you again; sadly, I am too late, but I do hope that you understood how much you meant in my life.
My best to May, and to Ted's children. I know how proud you must be of him.